Georgia Will Power Another 35,000 Homes on Solar by 2020


Georgia will soon be receiving an additional 200 MW of solar energy generation thanks to a joint effort by renewable energy supplier Green Power EMC and IPP Silicon Ranch. The two companies are planning to bring the additional 200 MW online in Georgia by 2020.

The new solar portfolio will be spread out across four different locations within southern Georgia and will be providing low-cost renewable energy to over 35,000 EMC households a year. The solar projects will be funded, developed and constructed by Silicon Ranch who will also own and operate and maintain all of the projects. Meanwhile, Green Power EMC will purchase all of the energy and environmental attributes generated by the solar plants on behalf of its EMCs.

The 200-megawatt projects are just the latest in a series of green power projects carried out by both Silicon Ranch and Green Power EMC. The two companies commissioned a 20 MW solar project in Jeff Davis County, Georgia during 2015, and more recently are developing a 52 MW plant near Hazelhurst.

Green Power EMC President Jeff Pratt said that he would be proud to partner with Silicon Ranch in the future, to continue providing solar energy to their EMCs at competitive costs.

“The Georgia EMCs deserve enormous credit for their vision to provide competitively-priced, renewable power to their members. Continued improvements in solar cost and technology will help our EMCs meet their members’ interest in solar energy and maintain competitive energy costs,” Pratt said.

CEO and President of Silicon Ranch Matt Kisber also reflected on the partnership, saying that Green Power EMC has created a procurement strategy which allows member co-ops to secure an enormous amount of value.

“By banding together, they are able to leverage economies of scale, resulting in an extremely low cost of energy for their members,” said Kisber. “Green Power EMC and its member co-ops have established the model that has made Georgia the fastest-growing solar state in America, and it’s a model that other states will no doubt follow in the years to come.”