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Solar Energy

Solar power can be harnessed for uses such as heating water and generating electric energy.  The most common application of solar power is the production of electric energy through the use of photovoltaic panels that convert the sun’s rays directly into electricity. Here are some of the solar installations currently under construction or utilized by Green Power EMC.
 

Hazlehurst 52 MW Solar Farm

Hazlehurst 52 MW

Type of Facility:   A solar generating project that incorporates over 630,000 solar modules covering 480 acres on a 942-acre site. 

Location:  Jeff Davis County near Hazlehurst, Ga.

Generating Capacity:  With a generating capacity of 52 megawatts, the project can produce enough electricity to serve about 8,500 EMC households.

Year of Commercial Operation:  Commercial operation began in late 2016.

Role of Green Power EMC:  Green Power EMC and 9 subscribing Members will receive all the green energy for the next 30 years.

Developer/Owner/Operator: Silicon Ranch Corporation based in Nashville, Tn.

Renewable Properties:  Once installed, solar panels collect free energy from the sun and convert it into electricity that can be used by consumers. The Hazlehurst facility is expected to generate more than 134 million kilowatt hours of clean, renewable electricity annually – enough to offset the equivalent to 92,500 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

 


Hazlehurst 20 MW Solar Farm

Hazlehurst 20 MW

Type of Facility:   A solar generating project that will incorporate over 89,000 solar modules covering 135 acres on a 270-acre site.  That acreage will include 30 acres of preserved wetlands.

Location:  Jeff Davis County near Hazlehurst, Ga.

Generating Capacity:  With a generating capacity of 20 megawatts, the planned project can produce enough electricity to serve about 3,000 EMC households.

Year of Commercial Operation:  Construction began in 2014, and commercial operation is scheduled for 2015.

Role of Green Power EMC:  Green Power EMC has a 25-year agreement to purchase the output of the facility for distribution to 27 participating Green Power EMC members.

Constructor/Owner/Operator: Silicon Ranch Corporation based in Nashville, Tn.

Renewable Properties:  Once installed, solar panels collect free energy from the sun and convert it into electricity that can be used by consumers. The Hazlehurst facility is expected to generate more than 43,000 kilowatt hours of clean, renewable electricity annually – enough to offset the equivalent to 30,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

How It Works:    A large, ground-based array of photovoltaic panels converts sunlight directly into electricity.

 

EMCs Participating in the 20MW Hazlehurst Project:

Altamaha EMC(link is external)

Amicalola EMC(link is external)

Canoochee EMC(link is external)

Coastal Electric Cooperative(link is external)

Coweta-Fayette EMC(link is external)

Diverse Power(link is external)

Grady EMC(link is external)

GreyStone Power Corporation(link is external)

Habersham EMC(link is external)

Hart EMC(link is external)

Irwin EMC(link is external)

Jackson EMC(link is external)

Jefferson Energy Cooperative(link is external)

Little Ocmulgee EMC(link is external)

Middle Georgia EMC(link is external)

Mitchell EMC(link is external)

Okefenoke REMC(link is external)

Planters EMC(link is external)

Rayle EMC(link is external)

Satilla REMC(link is external)

Sawnee EMC(link is external)

Slash Pine EMC(link is external)

Snapping Shoals EMC(link is external)

Sumter EMC(link is external)

Three Notch EMC(link is external)

Tri-County EMC(link is external)

Washington EMC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chem-Nut Photovoltaic Facility

Type of Facility:  A rooftop photovoltaic array.

Location:  Lee County, Ga., near Leesburg.

Generating Capacity:  The Chem-Nut facility has a generating capacity of about 200 kilowatts. That makes it capable of producing about 250 megawatt-hours (MWh) annually, or almost 1,200 MWh during the contract term.

Year of Commercial Operation:  2014

Role of Green Power EMC:  Green Power EMC has a five-year agreement to purchase the output of this facility.  The energy is distributed to Green Power EMC members.

Owner/Operator:  Chem-Nut, Inc.

Renewable Properties:  Once installed, solar panels collect free energy from the sun and convert it to electricity for use by EMC consumers. 

How it Works:  An array of rooftop solar panels collects the sun’s rays and converts them to electricity for distribution to the EMCs.

 


Clean Control Photovoltaic Facility

Type of Facility:   The project is a photovoltaic array located adjacent to an existing industrial building.

Location:  In Warner Robins, Ga., at the headquarters of Clean Control Corporation, an odor elimination manufacturer.

Generating Capacity:  The Clean Control facility has a generating capability of 150-kilowatts.

Year of Commercial Operation:  Commercial operation began in 2012.

Role of Green Power EMC:  Green Power EMC has a 10-year agreement to purchase the output of the facility for distribution to participating Green Power members.

Owner/Operator: The facility is owned by Clean Control Corporation in partnership with First Century Energy. The Warner Robins project is the second joint project of First Century and Green Power EMC under a pilot program aimed at deploying solar installations in EMC service areas throughout Georgia.  The first was the ROOKER industrial rooftop project in Athens, Ga.

Renewable Properties:  Once installed, solar panels collect free energy from the sun and convert it into electricity that can be used by consumers.  Over its 25-year lifetime, the project is expected to produce about 4.7 million kilowatt-hours of electricity.

How It Works:   An array of photovoltaic panels converts sunlight directly into electricity.

 


ROOKER Photovoltaic Facility 

ROOKER Photovoltaic Facility Image

Type of Facility:   A photovoltaic array located on the rooftop of an existing industrial building.

Location:  In Athens, Ga., at the headquarters of the ROOKER Company, a Georgia industrial real estate firm.

Generating Capacity:  The ROOKER facility has a generating capacity of 115 kilowatts.

Year of Commercial Operation:  Commercial operation began in 2010.

Role of Green Power EMC:  Green Power EMC entered a 10-year power purchase agreement with ROOKER to take the output of this solar project and provide it to EMC consumers who are green energy users all over the state. 

Owner/Operator: The ROOKER Company in partnership with Atlanta-based First Century Energy. To help fund the project, ROOKER and First Century Energy secured a grant from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, a state agency.

Renewable Properties:  Once installed, solar panels collect free energy from the sun and convert it into electricity that can be used by consumers. The ROOKER facility is expected to provide more than 3.5 million kilowatt hours of solar energy to the power grid over its projected 25-year lifetime.

How It Works:    A 12,000-square feet array of photovoltaic panels converts sunlight directly into electricity.

 

 

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