Silicon Ranch will own and operate the plant, which will provide cost competitive power to Green Power EMC for the next 30 years.
The 480-acre facility features technology that allows more than 630,000 solar panels to track the sun from east to west and will provide enough low-cost, renewable power to help serve more than 8,500 EMC households annually.
Silicon Ranch selected McCarthy Building Companies to construct the facility, which took more than eight months to build and reached commercial operation in December 2016. The project’s construction supported more than 300 jobs, the vast majority of which were filled by local labor and local subcontractors.
“I’m very proud of the new project we have here in Georgia. This new solar project is about 500 acres and will be a great addition to our cooperatives’ portfolios, bringing new sources of renewable energy to a growing, interested group of customers.
I’m also extremely proud of our partnership with Silicon Ranch and the strong relationship we’ve been able to build on in this second project we have engaged with them. Not only are they great individuals to work with, but their leaders, Matt Kisber and Reagan Farr, are champions in this business, and I very much appreciate the opportunity to work with them.
Silicon Ranch not only helps us stay on the cutting edge of new technology; they also keep us on the leading edge of the cost of this technology, enabling us to bring very high quality solar energy at a very affordable cost.”
-Jeff Pratt, President, Green Power EMC