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(CUMMING, GA) Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation is announcing that its Board of Directors recently approved a new Solar Renewable Energy Credit (REC) Program. As Sawnee EMC grows, the energy needs of its members continue to evolve. Today, many businesses are interested in renewable energy, but few may want to own or install solar panels of their own.  Sawnee EMC’s Solar REC program allows participating members to achieve their renewable energy goals without having to install and maintain solar panels themselves.

Solar RECs represent the energy generated by the many utility scale solar projects from which Sawnee buys power. While buying a REC is not equivalent to buying electricity, it does fully represent and include 100% of the clean energy attributes of renewable electricity.

This program will allow participating Sawnee EMC members to receive retired renewable energy credits (RECs) from Sawnee EMC’s solar generation projects located in south Georgia.  Initially, Sawnee EMC was enrolling only commercial and industrial accounts into the program; but it is now open to other members, on a “first come, first served” basis.

Blake House, Vice President of Member Services states, “This new program allows for flexibility within the commercial sector, where a business may have multiple locations or lack the infrastructure to install their own solar panels.” He adds, “Our solar REC program can help members offset their environmental impact or meet certain renewable energy goals, depending on what their mission happens to be.”


  • RECs do not replace standard billing on an electric account
  • RECs are agreed upon by the member and Sawnee EMC
  • The charges are added to the billing statement as an additional line item
  • This program is open to commercial and residential members
Sawnee EMC’s REC program operates on a voluntary, month by month basis with no contract. Members may purchase RECs equal to either 50% or 100% of their monthly energy usage for an additional one penny ($0.01) per kWh. Participating members will continue to be billed on their normal rate schedule, and an additional line item will be added for the RECs they purchase, at one penny ($0.01) per kWh.
“Meeting and exceeding our members needs is a daily focus for the staff of Sawnee EMC,” states Michael Goodroe, President and CEO “and with our new Solar Renewable Energy Credit Program, we can further help our members achieve their energy objectives.”
Commercial and Industrial members interested in learning more about this program are encouraged to call a member of Sawnee EMC’s Marketing Team at 770-887-2363 or via email at
About Sawnee EMC
Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Cumming, Georgia. Sawnee serves electricity to approximately 191,000 accounts in seven (7) counties of greater north Georgia. Sawnee’s total assets exceed $885 million, with energy sales of 3.5 billion kWh and annual revenue of approximately $417 million. With a team of approximately 360 dedicated professionals and over 11,949 miles of distribution line, Sawnee always 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”

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