Duke Energy Renewables announced that nine solar projects developed with SolAmerica Energy totaling 14.1 megawatts have begun commercial operations across central Georgia under Georgia Power’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative.
“We’re excited to complete these projects and look forward to developing even more clean, renewable energy projects in Georgia in the future,” said Chris Fallon, VP of Duke Energy Renewables.
The nine solar projects, which were acquired by Duke Energy Renewables in 2018, are expected to contribute $10 million to local communities in leasing and taxes. A total of 54,590 solar panels were built into the projects. The last site began commercial operations in May 2019.
Each system was developed under an EPC agreement between REC Solar and SolAmerica and a 35-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Georgia Power, selling all energy and renewable attributes to the utility as a part of their Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI) Customer-Sited Distributed Generation Program.
“SolAmerica is very pleased to have been able to work with Duke Energy Renewables and REC Solar on a second portfolio in Georgia, having successfully assisted on projects under Georgia Power’s Advanced Solar Initiative in 2016,” said R. Stanley Allen, CEO, SolAmerica. “We hope to work again together, whether in Georgia or elsewhere. The demand for such relationships to bring clean energy solutions to market faster is definitely here.”
The nine projects now in operation are:
- Bibb Jones, Macon, Georgia: .996 MW
- Columbia Bryson Grovetown, Georgia: 1.38 MW
- Liberty Martin, Riceboro, Georgia: .996 MW
- Muscogee Public Works, Columbus, Georgia: 1.56 MW
- Richmond Hayes, Augusta, Georgia: 1.75 MW
- Telfair Holland, McRae Helena, Georgia: .960 MW
- Telfair Thompson McRae, Georgia: 1.90 MW
- Troup RC50, Pine Mountain, Georgia: 2.30 MW
- Wilkinson DeFore, Gordon, Georgia: 2.30 MW
News item from Duke Energy Renewables