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.
Wind advisory issued for Dawson County, surrounding areas