Silicon Ranch Corp. has signed a deal with a Georgia green-energy cooperative to sell the entire output of its largest-ever project, a 52-megawatt solar array west of Savannah. The agreement with Green Power EMC, which supplies renewable energy to 38 utilities in Georgia, will cover 600 acres and service about 8,500 households. Silicon Ranch and Green Power EMC also are finalizing work on a 20-megawatt complex that will come online this fall.
Once completed, the 52 MW array will generate more than 134 million kilowatt hours of clean, renewable electricity annually. That amount of clean energy offsets 92,500 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to the annual emissions from burning 10,400,000 gallons of gasoline, or put another way, the emissions from more than 19,500 passenger cars.
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Nashville-based Silicon Ranch Corp., the solar energy venture chaired by former Gov. Phil Bredsen and run by former state commissioners Matt Kisber and Reagan Farr, has struck a deal with aerospace and defense products manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne and two utilities to build a 12-megawatt installation near Aerojet's plant in Camden, Arkansas.
The 100-acre project, which will primarily feed Aerojet's rocket motor and warhead manufacturing operations in Camden, is expected to be up and running late this year.
"We are excited to partner with Aerojet Rocketdyne in developing the first, large-scale solar project in Arkansas," said Matt Kisber, president and CEO of Silicon Ranch. "This would not be possible without the participation and support of AECC and OECC. We believe this clean-energy investment will spur positive economic, environmental and social advantages for the region."
Locally based Ecoviate, which is aiming to develop sustainable technologies, has been accepted into the inaugural class of the Halcyon Incubator, a socially oriented business incubator in Washington, D.C. The Halcyon program is a 14-month fellowship that includes a four-month residency, eight months of rent-free space, various support and mentoring services and access to a network of potential funders.
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