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Jackson EMC to Receive Clean Energy from New 68-Megawatt Houston County Solar Project

Jackson EMC participated in a dedication event to “flip the switch” on a new 68-megawatt (MWAC) solar project located in Houston County, Ga., that will provide clean energy for members. Jackson EMC is among 30 Georgia electric cooperatives that will collectively share in the site’s power production.  

Statewide and locally elected officials including Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols, State Sen. Frank Ginn, State Sen. Steve Gooch, State Sen. Nikki Merritt, State Rep. Jasmine Clark, State Rep. Spencer Frye, State Rep. Emory Dunahoo, Field Representatives Andrea Wiggins and Sheknita Davis both from U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock's office, Jackson County Commission Chairman Tom Crow, and Jackson County Commissioner Jim Hix  were in attendance at the event to celebrate the project and learn about the positive benefits it delivers to the local community and citizens across the state. 

Green Power EMC, the renewable energy provider owned by 38 Georgia Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs) including Jackson EMC, is purchasing all the energy and environmental attributes generated by the Houston Solar site on behalf of its member cooperatives. 

As a clean energy source, the solar site’s environmental offset is equivalent to approximately 124,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. The Houston Solar site also co-locates renewable energy production with regenerative agriculture practices on the same land, including land management using planned sheep grazing.  

Jackson EMC’s share of the Houston Solar Project will bring the cooperative’s total solar capacity to 44 megawatts, enough to completely power roughly 10,000 homes. 

“We serve our members with a diverse portfolio of reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible energy, and solar power has become an increasingly important part of our strategy,” said Chip Jakins, Jackson EMC President/CEO. “We are proud that through our participation in this innovative renewable energy project, we can help serve our members’ power needs with cost-effective solar energy.” 

About 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 246,000 meters on 14,000 miles of energized wire. For more information, visit jacksonemc.com.  

About Green Power EMC  

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 greenpoweremc.com or follow Green Power EMC on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.