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Sawnee EMC introduces new Solar Renewable Energy Credit program

Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation recently announced that its board of directors has approved a new Solar Renewable Energy Credit (REC) program. 

According to a press release by the corporation, the new program allows participating members to achieve their renewable energy goals without having to install and maintain solar panels themselves. 

“As Sawnee EMC grows, the energy needs of its members continue to evolve,” the release said. “Today, many businesses are interested in renewable energy, but few may want to own or install solar panels of their own.” 

Sawnee EMC members participating in the program will receive retired renewable energy credits (RECs) from Sawnee EMC’s solar generation projects located in south Georgia.

“Solar RECs represent the energy generated by the many utility scale solar projects from which Sawnee buys power,” the release said. “While buying an REC is not equivalent to buying electricity, it does fully represent and include 100 percent of the clean energy attributes of renewable electricity.” 

While the program was originally open to only commercial and industrial accounts, it is now open to other members on a first come, first served basis. 

“This new program allows for flexibility within the commercial sector, where a business may have multiple locations or lack the infrastructure to install their own solar panels,” Vice President of Member Services Blake House said in the release. “Our solar REC program can help members offset their environmental impact or meet certain renewable energy goals, depending on what their mission happens to be.” 

The REC program operates on a voluntary, month by month basis with no contract. Members can purchase RECs equal to either 50 or 100 percent of their monthly energy usage for an additional $0.01 per kWh. Members participating in the program will continue to be billed on their normal rate schedule, and an additional line item will be added for the RECs that they purchase, the release said. 

“Meeting and exceeding our members’ needs is a daily focus for the staff of Sawnee EMC,” President and CEO Michael Goodroe said in the release, “and with our new Solar Renewable Energy Credit Program, we can further help our members achieve their energy objectives.” 

Sawnee EMC members who are interested in learning more about the solar REC program can call 770-887-2363 or email