Sawnee EMC Announces Participation in New Georgia Solar Project
Members to soon receive even more power from the sun
Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation (Sawnee EMC) announced today that it has acquired a 34% percent stake in a new 52 megawatt (MW) solar project, which will be located in Jeff Davis County, near Hazlehurst, GA.
This is the third (3rd) such project that Sawnee’s Board of Directors has approved during the past twelve (12) months. This new project will bring Sawnee’s total solar generation capacity to 42 MW; which is enough solar energy to power thousands of homes.
“We continue to look for responsible and economically viable ways to diversify our overall energy portfolio, especially when it is cost effective and meets the goal of limiting the effects of carbon on our state with regard to generating electricity; all of which makes good overall business sense for our members,” said Michael Goodroe, Sawnee EMC’s President and CEO. “We are glad to once again take the opportunity to take the lead on this, our third such project in the past 12 months; and given its overall characteristics, is very exciting.”
This new solar endeavor, from which Sawnee EMC and eight (8) other Georgia EMC’s will receive the output, is located on a 600 acre track of South GA farmland. The site will be covered with hundreds of thousands of ground-mounted solar panels; each of which will track the sun as the day passes, which makes them more efficient.
The panels capture the sun’s energy and convert it to electricity; which will then be imported onto the electric grid, and transmitted throughout the state.
This new 52 MW solar project will produce over 130 million kWh of clean, renewable electricity annually.
Construction on the new Hazlehurst project will begin in early 2016 and Sawnee members will be using the solar power resources by no later than early 2017.
About Sawnee EMC
Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Cumming, GA. Sawnee serves electricity to approximately 158,600 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 members/owners. SEMC strives daily to live up to their motto…