Georgia State House Resolution Press Release Sawnee EMC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 15, 2016
Subject: Georgia State House Commends Sawnee EMC
Contact: Blake House, VP of Member Services
House Resolution Commends Sawnee EMC and Other GA Cooperatives
(Cumming, February 15, 2016) – On February 8, 2016, during a regular session of the Georgia
House of Representatives, state leaders adopted RESOLUTION 1308, which commended
Sawnee EMC, and other participating Georgia electric cooperatives (EMCs), for their
partnership with Green Power EMC to develop a solar farm in southwest GA.
The 20 megawatt (MW) solar project is being built and operated by Silicon Ranch Corporation
and is located in Jeff Davis County, near Hazelhurst, GA.
The House Resolution was sponsored by Representatives Mike Dudgeon (25th District), Karla
Drenner (85th District), and Sam Teasley (37th District).
The Resolution states that the solar facility, which took months to build, employed 230 skilled
workers and tradesman and is expected to generate more than 43 million kWh of clean,
renewable electricity annually, and those participating EMC should be recognized.
Additionally, the Resolution recognizes that Georgia’s EMCs and Green Power EMC, of which
Sawnee EMC is a founding member, have collectively invested more in solar power than the
cooperatives in any other state, with a total of 220 MW expected to be online by December,
Blake House, Vice President of Member Services at Sawnee EMC states, “We are humbled and
proud to be part of those EMCs mentioned in this resolution, adopted by the Georgia House of
Representatives; and we are also excited to see this new solar facility come online later this
year, which will provide our members with clean and renewable electricity for the next 25 years”.
The full resolution can be viewed at http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20152016/156829.pdf
To learn more about these and the other efforts underway at Sawnee EMC, go to our web site,
About Sawnee EMC
Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered
in Cumming, Georgia. Sawnee serves electricity to approximately 160,000 accounts in seven
(7) counties of greater north Georgia. Sawnee’s assets exceed $524 million, with energy sales
of 3.6 billion kWh and annual revenue of $354 million. With a team of approximately 305
dedicated professionals, and over 10,150 miles of distribution line, Sawnee stands ready at all
times to meet the needs of its member/owners. SEMC strives daily to live up to their motto…
“At Sawnee EMC, We’re More Than Electricity, We’re Service”.
About Green Power EMC
Green Power EMC was the first “green energy” provider in the state of Georgia. It was created
by Georgia’s Electric Membership Corporations in 2001 and has been selling environmentally
friendly green power since 2003. In addition to landfill gas generation, Green Power EMC
obtains green power from renewable facilities all over the state, including low-impact
hydroelectric, biomass from wood waste and solar power.