"By working together with Green Power EMC, the electric co-ops have been able to take advantage of economies of scale, resulting in lower-cost solar power," said Jeff Pratt, president and CEO of Green Power EMC. "It's exciting that almost 4,000 customer members from 11 electric co-ops across the state now receive renewable solar energy through the Cooperative Solar program, with more co-ops set to launch the program in the near future."
Among the resources used by the Cooperative Solar program are a 20-megawatt (MW) solar project developed by Green Power EMC and its partner, Silicon Ranch, last year near Hazlehurst, Ga. A second phase, which will begin operating late this year, will provide an additional 52 MW of environmentally friendly solar generating capacity. Cooperative Solar is also offered through several electric cooperatives that have developed community-based solar developments to serve their customers.
"We are pleased that Green Power EMC and its member cooperatives have been instrumental in Georgia's rapid emergence as a solar energy leader," Pratt said. "This strategy-based solar program has increased the solar capacity by electric co-ops in the state from 7.5 megawatts (MW) to 240 MW. By giving more customers the ability to receive solar energy through the Cooperative Solar program, we are confident that we will bring long-term benefits to consumers across Georgia for many years to come."
About Green Power EMC
Green Power EMC was the first green energy provider in the state. It was created by Georgia's EMCs in 2001 and has been selling renewable energy since 2003. In addition to solar energy, Green Power EMC obtains green power from renewable facilities all over the state, including landfill gas generation, low-impact hydroelectric, and biomass from wood waste.
EMCs that own Green Power EMC serve more than 4.2 million Georgia residents.
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SOURCE Green Power EMC