Georgia’s Developing Solar Energy

Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch have announced plans to add an additional 194 MW of solar energy in Georgia by 2021. Green Power EMC provides electricity through its thirty-eight member Electric Membership Corporations (EMC). Green Power EMC is headquartered in Tucker, Georgia and uses green energy such as low-impact hydroelectric plants, biomass, biogas and solar to generate electricity. Silicon Ranch Corporation is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and develops, owns and operates utility-scale solar power projects.

Negotiations for the planned solar park sites are currently being finalized with local governments. Silicon Ranch will finance, build and operate the solar parks. Green Power EMF will purchase all the electricity from the solar parks on behalf of its member EMCs.

In 2018, fossil fuel (natural gas, coal and petroleum) was used to generate 59% of Georgia’s electricity. Nuclear power and renewable energy (biomass, hydroelectric and solar) were used to generate 32% and 9% respectively of the state’s electricity. The Georgia government doesn’t have renewable energy targets, like many states. However, regional utilities are expanding the state’s renewable energy portfolio.

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