The new 52-megawatt (MWAC) solar facility in Hazlehurst, Ga., will provide clean power at cost-competitive rates to Green Power EMC for the next 30 years.
Silicon Ranch Corporation, a Nashville-based renewable energy provider, selected McCarthy’s Renewable Energy Team as the Engineer Procure Construction (EPC) contractor. The construction firm was responsible for the design, procurement, construction, commissioning, and handover of the solar project to developer Silicon Ranch, which will own and operate the facility. Construction began in April 2016 on the 480-acre utility-scale solar energy plant in Jeff Davis County and is expected to generate more than 134 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually to customers of Green Power EMC. During the eight-month construction period, more than 300 workers were employed, the majority of whom are local area residents.
In recent years, McCarthy’s Renewable Energy Team has completed of more than 20 utility-scale clean energy projects in communities from coast to coast, a combined capacity of more than 1 Gigawatt (GW) of clean energy production. Since 2015, the firm’s Southeast operations have constructed five solar projects in the region, three in Tennessee, one in Arkansas, and the firm’s largest project in Georgia.
“McCarthy has done an outstanding job on our latest solar facility here in Georgia” said Silicon Ranch President and CEO Matt Kisber,“McCarthy’s partnership has helped us create a project that will bring significant environmental and economic benefits to Green Power EMC and its members, the local community, and the surrounding region.”
“We are thrilled with our partnership with Silicon Ranch and our involvement in this monumental solar project, which is projected to help serve more than 8,500 Georgia households,” said Kevin Kuntz, president of McCarthy Southeast office. “Solar production in the state is an emerging and important energy solution, and this project is a great example of a collaboration that is helping to enhance our nation’s energy infrastructure.”
McCarthy, Silicon Ranch, and Green Power EMC will “flip the switch” on the 52-MW AC solar facility in Hazlehurst, Ga., on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (mccarthy.com) is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 16th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2016). With approximately 1,700 salaried employees and offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned.
About Silicon Ranch Corporation
Silicon Ranch Corporation (siliconranchcorp.com), based in Nashville, Tenn., is one of the fastest-growing developers, owners, and operators of solar energy plants in the U.S. Silicon Ranch develops to own all of its projects for the long-term and brings the economic, environmental, and community benefits of commercial and utility-scale solar energy together in a full-service model that requires no capital investment from its stakeholders. Silicon Ranch benefits from the experience of its management team that has built over 2.5 gigawatts of conventional and renewable generation assets, including the first large-scale solar projects in Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Silicon Ranch is a Platinum Associate member of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
About Green Power EMC
Green Power EMC (greenpoweremc.com) 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. Green Power EMC obtains green power from renewable energy facilities throughout Georgia, including solar power, low-impact hydroelectric, landfill gas, and biomass from wood waste.