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Sawnee EMC to purchase solar energy
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Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation announced April 20 that its board of directors recently approved for the corporation to participate in four new large solar facilities, totaling 194 megawatts.

These solar projects are being developed in the southern part of Georgia for Green Power EMC, a not-for-profit cooperative founded in 2001 by electric cooperatives, like Sawnee, to solicit, screen and recommend renewable power agreements to participating members.

Sawnee will not have an investment or ownership interest in any of these solar projects; the cooperative has simply agreed to purchase a portion of the solar energy generated at a fixed price, for the next 30 years.  The four facilities will be funded and built by Silicon Ranch, one of the nation’s largest independent solar power producers.  Silicon Ranch will also own, operate and maintain the arrays.

“This action demonstrates our ongoing commitment to having a competitively priced, and environmentally responsible, diversified generation portfolio which meets the ever changing energy needs of our growing membership,” said Michael A. Goodroe, president and CEO of Sawnee.

Of the 194 megawatts these four projects represent, Sawnee has subscribed to 20 megawatts, or 10.309 percent, of the total energy output of these sites. The projects are scheduled to be constructed and will come online, in stages, no later than December 2021.

“These will be good projects economically; both for our members and for our state,” said Blake House, Sawnee’s vice president of member services.

Sawnee has previously participated in other renewable generation projects that included landfill gas, biomass and utility scale solar and with the addition of these four new projects, it has brought its portfolio of renewable generation assets under contract to 69 megawatts.

As is the case with all renewable projects, Sawnee EMC chooses to participate strategically, over time, and only when it makes economic sense for its members.

For more information about this, please contact Blake House at blake.house@sawnee.com or by calling (678) 455-1510.