SERVING COMMUNITIES ACROSS GEORGIA WITH LOW-COST, RENEWABLE POWER
The Houston Solar Project is part of a 194-MWac portfolio of projects announced in 2018 by Silicon Ranch and Green Power EMC.
Silicon Ranch will provide the renewable power it generates at cost-competitive rates to Green Power Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), the renewable power supplier for 38 Georgia EMCs throughout the state. The total 194-MWac capacity of the portfolio will be distributed across multiple locations in Georgia and will generate enough power to help serve approximately 35,000 EMC households annually.
Collectively, the Georgia EMCs lead the nation among electric cooperatives for solar deployment. Silicon Ranch pioneered utility-scale solar in Georgia and remains a leader in the market, serving Green Power EMC and its member cooperatives across the state.
Silicon Ranch commends the approximately 300 craft workers, the majority of whom were recruited from the local labor pool and the military veteran community, who constructed the solar project over 12 months.
The project will contribute significant tax revenues to the local tax base as well as benefit schools in Houston County.
PROMOTING THE WORK OF OUR PARTNERS
In addition, because the Houston Solar Project is situated next to the Interstate 75 (I-75) highway, Silicon Ranch is also pursuing an exciting on-site project to fully capture the marketing potential of the location.
Silicon Ranch has committed to investing significant capital with a local vendor to install a digital billboard at the Houston Solar Project site. The digital billboard will leverage the high visibility of the site along I-75 to exclusively promote the benefits of the project, the leadership of the Georgia EMCs, and communicate important messages on behalf of the local community.
Final installation of the Houston Billboard was completed in Q1 2022.
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“More than 30 EMCs will share in the energy produced by the Houston Solar Project, and we are grateful for the support from our members and for the partnership we have with Silicon Ranch. We’re proud that in addition to providing our members with reliable and affordable solar energy, our work can further support economic development in Houston County”
-Jeff Pratt, Green Power EMC President
REGENERATIVE ENERGY® AT HOUSTON
Silicon Ranch is implementing its utility-scale agrivoltaics platform, Regenerative Energy®, at the Houston Solar Project.
Under this holistic approach to solar farm design, construction, and land use management, Silicon Ranch marries clean energy generation and regenerative agriculture, keeping land in agricultural production and restoring it to a functioning grassland ecosystem through managed sheep grazing under and around solar panels and other regenerative pastureland management practices. These regenerative ranching practices sequester atmospheric carbon in the soil, restore vital habitat, biodiversity, and soil health, and improve water quality, while also producing pasture-raised, solar-shaded meats, creating jobs, and building economic and community resilience. Outcomes are measured and third-party verified.