clearn.png
Monday July 4th, 2022 2:16AM

Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch Host Dedication Ceremony for New 68-Megawatt Solar Project in Houston County

By The Associated Press

ELKO, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 11, 2022--

Green Power EMC, the renewable energy supplier for 38 Georgia Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs), and Silicon Ranch, one of the nation’s largest independent solar power producers, were joined today by statewide elected officials and leaders from Houston County to dedicate the new 68-megawatt (MW AC ) Houston Solar project near Perry, Georgia. Located just off I-75, the Houston Solar site is one of the most visible solar energy projects in the state and showcases how Georgia’s electric cooperatives are working together to meet the renewable energy demands of Georgia’s residents and businesses.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here:

Local and statewide leaders and leaders from Silicon Ranch and Green Power EMC gathered in Houston County to flip the switch on Georgia’s newest solar project. (Photo: Business Wire)

The project marks clean energy generation from the seventh utility-scale solar facility brought online by partners Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch. The energy generated by the Houston Solar project is shared by thirty EMCs from across the state and will provide enough low-cost, renewable energy to help power 11,000 EMC households annually. By working together, Georgia’s EMCs are taking advantage of economies of scale, resulting in lower-cost solar power—savings that are passed on to their member-consumers. Their collaboration through this unique model has enabled Georgia’s EMCs to cement their role as a national leader among all U.S. electric cooperatives in utility-scale solar energy development.

Public representatives attending the event included Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan, Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, Members of the Georgia General Assembly and the Georgia Public Service Commission, as well as locally elected officials and leaders from Houston County.

“The Houston Solar project further demonstrates the commitment of Georgia’s EMCs to providing their consumers with cost-effective renewable energy that strives to meet the needs of a cleaner energy future,” said . “This site uses advanced technology to maximize its clean energy production, and the benefits are multiplied by creating jobs, driving economic development and delivering significant tax revenue to the local government and school system for decades to come.”

“Over the past eight years, Silicon Ranch has partnered with Green Power EMC and its member EMCs to invest approximately $1.5 billion in communities across the state, employing more than 5,000 Georgians to install well over one gigawatt of solar capacity,” said . “Silicon Ranch is proud to extend this legacy to Houston County, a wonderful place to do business, and we want to thank IEA, Georgia Transmission Corporation, and the more than 300 Georgians who helped us build the world-class solar facility we dedicate today.”

The project was commissioned on schedule after first being in November 2020 by Governor Brian Kemp, who commended the partnership between Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch for their role in supporting economic development throughout the state.

“My role serves to help Houston County grow and thrive, and through the collaboration and dedication of many integral local leaders, I am proud that this solar site will help our community do just that,” said . “This project was built by the hands of hundreds of residents from here in Houston County and the surrounding area, and thanks to the commitment of Georgia’s EMCs, this significant investment by Silicon Ranch will provide long-term economic benefits to our community for many years.”

Following the dedication ceremony, attendees were given the opportunity to tour the facility and see firsthand how Silicon Ranch is co-locating regenerative agriculture practices on the same property where it is generating renewable energy. Through the company’s ® platform, Silicon Ranch livestock managers will deploy hundreds of sheep to enrich the soil and restore the land to a functioning grassland ecosystem.

“The model that Silicon Ranch has implemented here, where large flocks of sheep are managing the land and vegetation under the solar panels, is the future of responsible solar development in the US, and that future was started in Georgia,” said . “This innovative renewable energy project keeps land productive, creates new good-paying jobs for our rural workforce, and puts Georgia agriculture in the spotlight of innovation on the national stage.”

“We are proud to help our members grow their diverse generation portfolio with affordable solar energy that benefits their consumers while also delivering meaningful value to the land, the local community and the environment,” said “The Houston Solar project illustrates Georgia’s EMCs’ commitment to and leadership in responsible solar development.”

Regenerative Energy® delivers valuable environmental, social, and economic outcomes above and beyond the significant positive impacts a solar facility alone can generate, creating additional value for the Houston County community and project stakeholders. Silicon Ranch is working with local partners and organizations, including the Houston County Young Farmers Association, to develop additional programming to support internships and job training.

“Georgia’s EMCs have helped Georgia remain the #1 state to do business through their significant investment in market-driven clean energy,” said . “These solar projects not only support economic development in the local community, but also provide a strategic competitive advantage that can help attract new industries to invest in Georgia.”

Under the terms of the 30-year agreement with Silicon Ranch, Green Power EMC will purchase all the energy and environmental attributes generated by the site on behalf of its member EMCs, while Silicon Ranch owns and operates the facility.

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 , and .

Founded in 2011, Silicon Ranch is a fully integrated provider of customized renewable energy, carbon, and battery storage solutions for a diverse set of partners across North America. The company is one of the largest independent power producers in the country, with a portfolio that includes more than four gigawatts of solar and battery storage systems that are contracted, under construction, or operating across the U.S. and Canada. Silicon Ranch owns and operates every project in its portfolio and has maintained an unblemished track record of project execution, having successfully commissioned every project it has contracted in its history. In recognition of its holistic approach to land management, which the company has trademarked Regenerative Energy®, Silicon Ranch was named 2020’s “Most Forward-Thinking” company by . In 2021, Silicon Ranch acquired Clearloop, which helps businesses of all sizes reclaim their carbon footprint with a direct investment in building new solar projects while expanding access to clean energy. To learn more, visit , , and . Follow Silicon Ranch on , , , and .

View source version on businesswire.com:

CONTACT: Green Power EMC

Blair Romero

[email protected]

(770) 270-7290Silicon Ranch Corporation

Katie Jacobs/Quarter Horse PR

[email protected]

(847) 715-8624

KEYWORD: GEORGIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: OTHER ENERGY UTILITIES ENVIRONMENT AGRICULTURE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY NATURAL RESOURCES ENERGY

SOURCE: Silicon Ranch

Copyright Business Wire 2022.

PUB: 05/11/2022 01:06 PM/DISC: 05/11/2022 01:06 PM

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220511005775/en

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Business, AP Business - Corporate News, AP Online - Georgia News, AP Business Wire - Georgia, AP Business - Economy, AP Business - Industries, AP Business - Utilities
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Slain Al Jazeera journalist was icon of Palestinian coverage
A veteran Al Jazeera correspondent who was shot dead while reporting on an Israeli raid in the West Bank was a highly respected and familiar face in the Middle East
1:23PM ( 3 minutes ago )
Former La. police boss faces contempt in Ronald Greene probe
Lawmakers investigating the deadly arrest of Black motorist Ronald Greene have voted to hold the former head of the Louisiana State Police in contempt for defying a subpoena and refusing to turn over his handwritten journals
1:10PM ( 16 minutes ago )
For future with team, Nets want more commitment from Irving
Kyrie Irving may have to show the Brooklyn Nets he’s more than a great basketball player if he wants a future with the team
1:09PM ( 16 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Live updates | Separatists celebrate in Donetsk
Separatists in Donetsk on Wednesday celebrated the eighth anniversary of self-proclaimed independence from Ukraine
12:46PM ( 39 minutes ago )
Quick Senate OK ahead for House-passed $40B aid for Ukraine
Final congressional approval of a $40 billion Ukraine aid bill seems certain within days
12:46PM ( 39 minutes ago )
Report: Census Bureau backlogged on background checks
The U.S. Census Bureau has a backlog of cases involving workers who were flagged for problems in their background checks
12:46PM ( 40 minutes ago )
AP Business
Live updates | 103 Czechs to join Ukraine’s armed forces
Czech President Milos Zeman has approved a request of 103 Czechs to join Ukraine’s armed forces to help them fight the Russian aggression
11:22AM ( 2 hours ago )
Toyota's quarterly profit down on COVID parts crunch
Toyota has reported its net profit fell 31% from the year before in the January-March quarter but the Japanese automaker still wrapped up a year of record earnings
4:40AM ( 8 hours ago )
Parents hunting for baby formula as shortage spans US
Parents across the U.S. are scrambling to find baby formula because of supply disruptions and a massive safety recall by manufacturer Abbott
5:21PM ( 20 hours ago )
AP Business - Corporate News
Devers' slam leads Red Sox, clean-shaven Cora over Braves
Rafael Devers hit his first career grand slam and the last-place Boston Red Sox broke out for clean-shaven manager Alex Cora in a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves that ended a five-game skid
12:13AM ( 13 hours ago )
Cora hopes clean shave changes luck for last-place Red Sox
Red Sox manager Alex Cora shaved his beard before Tuesday night's game against the Braves, hoping a new vibe might help Boston snap its five-game losing streak
8:00PM ( 17 hours ago )
Austin Riley first of 4 champion Braves to go to arbitration
Third baseman Austin Riley became the first of four members of the World Series champion Atlanta Braves to go to a salary arbitration hearing, asking for $4.25 million rather than the team’s $3.95 million offer
6:04PM ( 19 hours ago )
AP Online - Georgia News
AP Business Wire - Georgia
High inflation leaves food banks struggling to meet needs
Kendall Nunamaker and her family of five in Kennewick, Washington, faced impossible math this month: how do they pay for gas, groceries and their mortgage with inflation driving up prices
11:11AM ( 2 hours ago )
UK ramps up threat to rewrite Brexit deal with the EU
Britain and the European Union are once again at loggerheads over Brexit
10:07AM ( 3 hours ago )
Sri Lanka deploys troops in capital after violence, protests
Sri Lankan authorities have deployed armored vehicles and troops in the streets of the capital two days after pro-government mobs attacked peaceful protesters, triggering a wave of violence across the country
10:02AM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Business - Economy
Live updates | Britain pledges to defend Sweden; deal signed
Britain has pledged to defend Sweden if the country is attacked
10:04AM ( 3 hours ago )
Battery-powered Greek island bets on green future
The remote Greek island of Tilos has pioneered a recycling plant that could act as a blueprint for other islands — including popular holiday destinations — that struggle with waste disposal
7:14AM ( 6 hours ago )
Live updates | Official: Plans for Kherson annexation
A Russia-installed official in Ukraine’s Kherson region says the region’s administration will ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to annex the region
6:49AM ( 6 hours ago )
AP Business - Industries
Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War
The U.S. House has emphatically approved a fresh $40 billion Ukraine aid package that beefs up President Joe Biden’s initial request
10:20PM ( 15 hours ago )
Russia pummels vital port of Odesa, targeting supply lines
Ukrainian officials say Russian missiles pummeled the vital port of Odesa, apparently as part of efforts to disrupt supply lines and weapons shipments critical to Kyiv’s defense
6:10PM ( 19 hours ago )
Live updates | Zelenskyy pays tribute to Leonid Kravchuk
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy ended his nightly video address by paying tribute to Leonid Kravchuk
5:56PM ( 19 hours ago )
AP Business - Utilities
Former La. police boss faces contempt in Ronald Greene probe
Lawmakers investigating the deadly arrest of Black motorist Ronald Greene have voted to hold the former head of the Louisiana State Police in contempt for defying a subpoena and refusing to turn over his handwritten journals
1:10PM ( 16 minutes ago )
For future with team, Nets want more commitment from Irving
Kyrie Irving may have to show the Brooklyn Nets he’s more than a great basketball player if he wants a future with the team
1:09PM ( 17 minutes ago )
Running Twitter may be much harder than Elon Musk thinks
On Tuesday, Elon Musk said he would reverse Twitter’s ban of former President Donald Trump, who was booted in January 2021 for inciting violence at the U.S. Capitol, should he succeed in acquiring the social platform for $44 billion
1:09PM ( 17 minutes ago )
Judge: Trump must pay $110K, meet conditions to end contempt
A New York judge says he’s close to releasing Donald Trump from a contempt finding, but only if the former president meets certain conditions, including paying $110,000 in fines accrued for failing to turn over documents in a state civil investigation
1:09PM ( 17 minutes ago )
Live updates | Germany to train Ukraine on artillery system
The German army says it has begun training Ukrainian soldiers to use a powerful artillery system that Germany and the Netherlands plan to supply to Ukraine
1:08PM ( 17 minutes ago )