State Rep. Don Parsons of Georgia District 44 was among the dignitaries who helped launch a new 52 MWAC solar-generating facility at a dedication ceremony at the plant site in Jeff Davis County near Hazlehurst.
The new facility is on 480 acres just a few miles from the initial phase of the project — a 20MWAC solar project that was completed in late 2015. Both facilities are providing energy to Green Power EMC, a renewable energy provider owned by 38 Georgia Electric Membership Corporations. Green Power is purchasing the full power output of the solar facilities and providing it to participating electric cooperatives.
Hazlehurst Phase II includes more than 630,000 solar panels that track the sun on its daily east-west pathway across the sky, resulting in an increase in energy production capability over fixed-base technology. The Phase II solar facility will provide enough low-cost, renewable power to help serve more than 8,500 EMC households annually.
“All Georgians can be very proud that in a few short years, our state has become a leader in solar energy,” Rep. Parsons said.
“This new project, which requires none of the traditional sources of energy to produce electricity but rather utilizes the energy produced by the sun, is truly a magnificent achievement,” he said. “I am very honored to have been part of the dedication.”
Rep. Parsons was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1994. He now serves as chairman of the House Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee in the Georgia House of Representatives. He also serves on the Health and Human Services Committee, the Appropriations Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.
He and his wife, Jo Lynn, reside in Cobb County. They have two daughters.
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.
EMCs that own Green Power EMC serve more than 4.1 million Georgia residents.
Because of its innovative practices, Green Power EMC was named the 2016 Electric Cooperative Utility of the Year by the Smart Electric Power Alliance.
For more information about renewable energy efforts in Georgia, visit www.greenpoweremc.com.