GRAY, GA and ATLANTA, GA, September 15, 2021 – With support from Putnam County and local landowner and renewable energy advocate, David Erickson, as well as First Solar, Tri-County EMC and SolAmerica Energy successfully completed design and development of the 4.1 MWdc “Putnam Erickson 2” PV Solar Project within six months from initial discussions, and are on track to complete construction, interconnection, and commissioning next month. First Solar supplied the PV modules, SolAmerica Energy is the project’s long-term owner and operator, and Tri-County EMC will purchase the clean energy it generates through a power purchase agreement.
“As a locally-owned electric cooperative, we are committed to investing in the communities that we serve. So when SolAmerica approached us about partnering with them on a project within our service area in Putnam County, we saw it as an ideal fit,” said Ray Grinberg, CEO of Tri-County EMC. “This locally-produced solar energy will allow us to continue to diversify our fuel mix by providing low-cost solar energy for the next 25 years.”
“From the beginning, it was clear that Tri-County EMC leads by example. Their focus on economic development, renewable energy, and a resilient distribution system was a constant motivation for the SolAmerica team,” said Stan Allen, CEO of SolAmerica Energy. “We are proud to be part of Tri-County EMC’s extended family, and we look forward to working together again in the future to develop more high-quality solar energy projects in their service area.”
“This collaborative approach to project development demonstrates how clean energy projects unlock value at every level”, commented Jatin Khanna, Manager of Distributed Generation at First Solar. “We are proud to be powering Putnam Erickson 2 with technology designed and developed here in the United States.”
About SolAmerica Energy:
SolAmerica Energy, LLC is a leading provider of turnkey solar energy solutions, based in Atlanta, Georgia. It specializes in the development and the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of groundmount, rooftop, and parking canopy solar systems designed to meet the distributed generation needs of utilities and large commercial and industrial facilities. It relies on best-in-class materials, operational excellence, on-time execution, and highly competitive pricing. Since its founding in 2009, SolAmerica has developed or constructed hundreds of megawatts of solar projects in 11 states and over 100 counties. Its clients include some of nation’s largest utilities and independent power producers.
About Tri-County EMC:
Tri-County EMC is a community-focused electric cooperative created to efficiently deliver affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy to more than 22,000 meters, serving homes, businesses, farms, and schools. Chartered in 1939 by a group of rural farmers in middle Georgia, the cooperative continues to serve members in portions of Baldwin, Jones, Putnam, Bibb, Jasper, Morgan, Twiggs, and Wilkinson counties. A dedication to cooperative principles and a commitment to responsible corporate citizenship keeps Tri-County’s directors and employees resolved to community involvement, leadership, and economic development. Tri-County EMC is headquartered in Gray, Georgia, with a secondary office in Eatonton, Georgia.