Jackson EMC to Expand Solar Energy Capacity
(JEFFERSON, GA. June 29, 2018) – Jackson EMC will participate in a new solar project that will expand the cooperative’s energy portfolio with an additional 5 megawatts of solar. The project is a joint effort among electric cooperatives in the state to expand solar facilities.
Overall, the project will generate 194 megawatts of solar energy for participating electric cooperatives in the state by 2021. Jackson EMC’s share of the new solar portfolio would provide enough electricity for 900 average households a year.
Jackson EMC is among 30 Georgia electric cooperatives that will purchase the output of the planned solar projects through Green Power EMC, the renewable energy supplier for 38 Georgia Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs). The solar facilities are being funded and built by owner-operator Silicon Ranch Corporation, based in Nashville, Tenn. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year.
The total capacity from the utility scale solar arrays will be distributed across four locations in middle and south Georgia. Sites have been selected for each of the facilities pending successful negotiation of all agreements with the local government entities.
When construction is completed, Jackson EMC is expected to have 25.7 megawatts of solar generation capacity – or supply enough energy to 4,200 average households annually.
The new project, along with other recent solar initiatives, has increased Jackson EMC’s solar portfolio by 350 percent since 2016.
“Our commitment to expanding the state’s renewable resources by adding more solar energy to our generation portfolio not only makes economic sense, it will help to ensure cost-effective, clean energy well into the future,” said Chip Jakins, President and CEO of Jackson EMC.
Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, the largest electric cooperative in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation, is headquartered 50 miles northeast of Atlanta in Jefferson, Ga. The cooperative serves more than 227,000 meters on 14,000 miles of energized wire. For more information, visit jacksonemc.com.