Sawnee EMC Participates in Additional Solar Energy

CUMMING, GA (April 20, 2018) – Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation (Sawnee) announced today that its Board of Directors recently approved for the Corporation to participate in four (4) new large solar facilities, totaling 194 Megawatts (MW).

These solar projects are being developed in the southern part of Georgia for Green Power EMC, a not-for-profit cooperative founded in 2001 by electric cooperatives, like Sawnee, to solicit, screen and recommend renewable power agreements to participating members.

Sawnee will not have an investment or ownership interest in any of these solar projects; the cooperative has simply agreed to purchase a portion of the solar energy generated at a fixed price, for the next 30 years. The four (4) facilities will be funded and built by Silicon Ranch, one of the nation’s largest independent solar power producers. Silicon Ranch will also own, operate and maintain the arrays.

“This action demonstrates our ongoing commitment to having a competitively priced, and environmentally responsible, diversified generation portfolio which meets the ever changing energy needs of our growing membership,” states Michael A. Goodroe, President and CEO of Sawnee.

Of the 194 MW these four (4) projects represent, Sawnee has subscribed to 20 MW, or 10.309%, of the total energy output of these sites. The projects are scheduled to be constructed and will come online, in stages, no later than December 2021.

“These will be good projects economically; both for our members and for our state,” comments Blake House, Sawnee’s Vice President of Member Services.

Sawnee has previously participated in other renewable generation projects that included landfill gas, biomass, and utility scale solar and with the addition of these four new projects, it has brought its portfolio of renewable generation assets under contract to 69 MW.

As is the case with all renewable projects, Sawnee EMC chooses to participate strategically, over time, and only when it makes economic sense for its members.
For more information about this, please contact Blake House, Vice President of Member Services, at blake.house@sawnee.com or by calling (678) 455-1510.

About Sawnee EMC
Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Cumming, Georgia. Sawnee serves electricity to approximately 174,800 accounts in seven (7) counties of greater north Georgia. Sawnee’s assets exceed $642 million, with energy sales of 3.7 billion kWh and annual revenue of $313 million. With a team of approximately 330 dedicated professionals and over 10,896 miles of distribution line, Sawnee stands ready at all times to meet the needs of its members/owners. SEMC strives daily to live up to their motto…

“At Sawnee EMC, We’re More Than Electricity, We’re Service”.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

About Green Power EMC
Green Power EMC is a not-for-profit cooperative founded in 2001 to support EMCs in their search for Georgia’s renewable resources. The primary efforts of Green Power EMC have been to find, screen, analyze and negotiate power purchase agreements with Georgia-based renewable resource providers. In addition to sourcing renewable energy, Green Power EMC provides education programs that help Member consumers learn both the challenges and opportunities of utilizing renewable energy.