Construction is set to begin at Silicon Ranch’s 52 MW AC solar energy plant in Jeff Davis County, Georgia, which will provide power at cost-competitive rates to Green Power EMC for the next thirty years.
Nashville-based renewable energy provider Silicon Ranch Corp. and the Phoenix-based Renewable Energy Team of McCarthy Building Companies are developing the solar power project.
In June, Green Power EMC and owner-operator Silicon Ranch announced their agreement for the project, which will be the second large-scale facility brought online by the partners in less than a year when it is completed later this fall. The first, a 20 MW AC facility that was officially dedicated last month, is located less than a mile from where the 52 MW plant will be built.
Silicon Ranch selected McCarthy, one of the largest American-owned construction firms, for its track record with utility-scale power projects. McCarthy is currently working with Silicon Ranch nationwide on projects in excess of 200 MW and plans to secure various local subcontractors and craftsmen to provide the bulk of on-site construction work for the 10-month project in Hazlehurst, just as it has done for all other Silicon Ranch facilities.
The solar facility’s construction, which will begin on February 1, 2016, is expected to support over 200 jobs.
The 52 MW array will occupy about 450 acres, will include technology that allows the panels to track the sun from east to west, and will produce enough electricity to serve about 8,500 EMC households.