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Cobb EMC Will Add Georgia’s Largest Solar Power Plant in Late 2013

Posted on Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 at 12:45 pm by Solar Energy USA

cobb-emc-logo-solar-power-plant-georgia Cobb EMC customers will soon draw power from the largest solar power plant in Georgia.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the 40-acre solar project, called the Azalea Solar Power Facility, will be on farmland and forest acreage about 60 miles southwest of Augusta, GA. The plant will produce about 7.7 megawatts (AC) of electricity using photovoltaic (PV) solar panel technology, making it the largest solar power plant to be developed in Georgia to date.

The solar power plant, acquired by energy production and transportation conglomerate Dominion, will provide Cobb EMC with enough power to supply about 6,400 Georgia homes with electricity. The project should begin supplying power to local power grid on December 1st, 2013, at which point Cobb EMC will begin its 25-year agreement to purchase power from Dominion and other developers involved in the solar project.

Cobb EMC’s decision to back away from coal-fired electricity and instead buy energy from one of Georgia’s  largest solar projects makes a tremendous statement about the cost of generating power — specifically, that solar generating power plants are now cost-competitive with other “traditional” sources of power.

“When we can add renewable energy to our mix without causing significant cost increases to our members, we are glad to do so,” Cobb EMC President and Chief Executive Officer Chip Nelson said in a company statement.

Cobb EMC offers solar power rebates, up to $4,500 dollars, to business and home owners that install PV solar energy generation systems that feed excess power into their power grid.