A new agreement to purchase solar power from a facility in Hazlehurst, along with other recent solar expansions, has increased Cobb EMC’s solar portfolio by 270 percent over last year, the electric cooperative reported this week.

The 30-year power purchase agreement with Green Power EMC will provide more than 5 megawatts of solar power, according to a news release.

“Diversifying our energy portfolio and getting power from a variety of sources helps us keep costs low for our members,” said Chip Nelson, president and CEO of Cobb EMC. “When we can plan for the future, expand our renewable energy mix and still offer members low rates, we all benefit.”

The facility in Hazlehurst, in Jeff Davis County in southeast Georgia, includes more than 630,000 solar panels across 480 acres and will help supply about 8,500 homes with power each year.

Green Power EMC, a renewable energy provider owned by 38 Georgia electric cooperatives, will purchase the full power output of the facility and provide it to nine participating electric cooperatives across the state, including Cobb EMC.

 Cobb EMC is a not-for-profit electric cooperative that delivers electricity to more than 180,000 residential and commercial members in Cobb, Bartow, Cherokee, Fulton and Paulding counties.

Green Power EMC was the first green energy provider in the state. It was created by Georgia’s EMCs in 2001 and has been selling green energy since 2003. In addition to solar power, Green Power EMC obtains green power from renewable facilities all over the state, including landfill gas generation, low-impact hydroelectric and biomass from wood waste.

To learn more about Cobb EMC’s renewable energy portfolio and environmental commitments, visit www.cobbemc.com/responsibility.

For more information about Green Power EMC, visit www.greenpoweremc.com.

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