Solar PV company First Solar is to construct a 200 MW solar PV plant in Twiggs County, Georgia, under a Power Purchase Agreement with Georgia Power covering the electricity generated by the facility.
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First Solar was awarded the installation as part of a 525 MWac Request for Proposals for Georgia Power’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative. The project is currently in an advanced stage of development and construction is expected to begin in November 2018, with completion and commissioning anticipated in late 2019. The facility will be the largest solar farm in the southeastern United States.
“This is a tremendously exciting opportunity for First Solar to demonstrate our capability to develop solar assets in the Southeast and help Georgia Power meet the renewable energy needs of its customers” said Kathryn Arbeit, Vice President of Project Development – Americas for First Solar.
Arbeit added that Georgia Power’s commitment to renewable energy combined with strong leadership and a supportive business environment in Twigg’s County serves as a great example of how solar can seamlessly become part of the region’s energy mix.
The project will be built on 2,000 acres of land near Warner Robins, Georgia. It will utilise over half a million First Solar advanced thin-film solar modules and is expected to generate more than 450 GWh of electricity per year. The construction phase is expected to generate 300-400 jobs and the project will also generate ongoing tax revenues.
“Recently completed large-scale solar projects across Georgia are serving customers today, and the Twiggs County project will be the latest addition, allowing Georgia Power customers to benefit from cost-effective, competitive solar as part of our diverse generation mix” commented Wilson Mallard, Director of Renewable Development for Georgia Power.