Nashville, Tenn.-based renewable energy provider Silicon Ranch Corp. and the Phoenix-based renewable energy team at McCarthy Building Cos. say that construction is ready to begin on the 52 MW AC solar energy plant planned in Hazlehurst, Ga.
This facility, to be owned and operated by Silicon Ranch, will provide power at cost-competitive rates to Green Power EMC for the next 30 years.
Located on a 450-acre site, the array will include technology that enables the panels to track the sun from east to west and will produce enough electricity to power roughly 8,500 households.
Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch announced their agreement for the project in June. The two companies claim that this plant will be the second large-scale solar facility they brought online in less than a year.
The first, a 20 MW AC facility, is located less than a mile from where the 52 MW plant will be built.
Jeff Pratt, president of Green Power EMC, says these projects represent a substantial commitment to renewable energy by the Electric Membership Corps. (EMCs) of Georgia.
‘Over 30 EMCs will share in the energy produced from these two facilities, providing renewable energy for a growing number of Georgians interested in this important technology,’ says Pratt.
McCarthy Building Cos. plans to secure a number of local subcontractors to provide the majority of on-site construction work, which will begin Feb. 1.