Habersham EMC receives clean energy from new 68-megawatt Houston solar project
Clarkesville, GA (May 12, 2022) – On May 11, 2022, Habersham EMC participated in a dedication event to “flip the switch” on the new 68‐megawatt (MWAC) Houston Solar project that provides clean energy for Habersham EMC members. Located in Houston County, Ga., Habersham EMC is among thirty Georgia electric cooperatives that will collectively share in the site’s power production.
Statewide and locally elected officials including Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan, Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black and members of the Georgia Public Service Commission were in attendance at the event to celebrate the project and learn about the positive benefits it delivers to the local community and citizens across the state.
Green Power EMC, the renewable energy provider owned by 38 Georgia Electric Membership Corporations
(EMCs) including Habersham EMC, is purchasing all the energy and environmental attributes generated by the Houston Solar site on behalf of its member cooperatives. As a clean energy source, the solar site’s environmental offset is equivalent to approximately 124,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. The Houston Solar site also co‐locates renewable energy production with regenerative agriculture practices on the same land, including land management using planned sheep grazing.
“We serve our members with a diverse portfolio of reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible energy, and solar power has become an increasingly important part of our strategy,” said Habersham EMC President and CEO Bryan Ferguson. “We are proud that through our participation in this innovative renewable energy project, we can help serve our members’ power needs with cost‐effective solar energy.”
Ferguson said energy received from the Houston Solar site will be available to Habersham EMC members through the Habersham EMC Cooperative Solar Program. Consumers can contact Habersham EMC at 706‐754‐2114 or go to https://www.habershamemc.com/services/green‐generation/cooperative‐solar‐program/ for more information.