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, 2016.
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, www.sawnee.com.
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…
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.