Clay Solar Project

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(CUMMING, GA) – Sawnee EMC and 29 other Georgia electric cooperatives are now collectively sharing the renewable energy generated by a new 106-megawatt (MW) solar project constructed in Clay County, Georgia. Sawnee EMC will receive approximately 10% of the project’s energy.

Green Power EMC, the renewable energy supplier for 38 of Georgia’s Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs) including Sawnee EMC, is purchasing all of the energy and environmental attributes generated by the Clay Solar Project. As a clean and renewable energy source, the solar site’s environmental benefit is equivalent to eliminating approximately 193,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. 

The Clay Solar Project has more than 337,000 solar modules that track the sun on its daily path across the sky, resulting in increased energy production when compared to a solar project that utilizes a fixed-tilt installation.

“Sawnee EMC serves its members with a diverse portfolio of reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible energy sources. This facility as well as the other solar energy resources we purchase from continue to play a vital role in meeting our overall power supply strategy. The addition of the Clay Solar Project will enable us to serve our members efficiently and economically while meeting the reliability goals that we support,” said Michael Goodroe, Sawnee EMC’s President and CEO.

Sawnee EMC offers a virtual solar energy program where members can receive the benefits of alternative energy without the challenges of owning and operating a system at their home or business.  Also, Sawnee EMC has a “new” solar renewable energy credit (REC) program that allows members to purchase the environmental attributes of Sawnee’s solar assets.  To learn more about both programs, call Sawnee’s Call Center at 770-887-2363, chat online, text 678-999-8124 or email  

About Sawnee EMC 
Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation, a three-time J.D. Power recipient for best in customer satisfaction, is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Cumming, Georgia. Sawnee serves electricity to approximately 195,000 accounts in seven (7) counties of greater north Georgia. Sawnee’s assets exceed $881 million, with energy sales of 3.7 billion kWh and annual revenue of $441 million. With a team of approximately 360 dedicated professionals and over 12,006 miles of distribution line, Sawnee stands ready 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 38 of Georgia’s electric cooperatives in their search for 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. For more information, visit or follow Green Power EMC on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.