Green Power EMC, a nonprofit cooperative in Georgia, has significantly expanded its partnership with Silicon Ranch Corp., an independent solar power producer, in support of Georgia solar.
As part of the agreement, Silicon Ranch will bring an additional 194 MW AC of solar online by 2021. The total capacity will be distributed across four locations in middle and south Georgia and will generate enough power to help serve approximately 35,000 households annually.
The four facilities will be funded and built by Silicon Ranch. Green Power EMC will purchase all the energy and environmental attributes generated by the facilities on behalf of its electric membership corporations (EMCs). Silicon Ranch will also own, operate and maintain the arrays throughout a 30-year agreement.
The sites have been selected for each of the facilities (pending successful negotiation of all agreements with the local government entities).
The new portfolio further expands the partnership between the two organizations. Silicon Ranch previously commissioned two utility-scale projects in Jeff Davis County serving more than 30 Georgia EMCs, and now, with the additional capacity, Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch are scheduled to bring a total of eight utility-scale solar plants online over the next four years.
Georgia House Energy Committee Chairman Don Parsons, R-Marietta, welcomes the new solar expansion:
“Collectively, these solar projects represent hundreds of millions of dollars in new capital investment to bring cutting-edge renewable infrastructure to Georgia,” he says. “Silicon Ranch will make this significant investment over the next few years to construct these facilities and will contribute significantly to the tax base of these local communities for the next 30 years. I am proud of the EMCs in Georgia for buying this renewable power and making this investment possible.”