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Potential solar project a benefit to Brooks County

07/04/2018

Source: Quitman Free Press

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Brooks County is looking to harness some of our Georgia sunshine. The Brooks County Development Authority is excited to share the news of a proposal by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC to construct a solar project in Brooks County.

Solar resources deliver safe, low-cost, clean, renewable energy that creates no air or water pollution. Benefits for Brooks County include approximately 300 construction jobs and more than $10 million in additional revenue over the life of the project.

The proposed Quitman Solar project is a 150-megawatt solar energy generating facility that will feature more than 600,000 solar panels with trackers that follow the sun each day to maximize energy production. The energy, including all the renewable energy credits, will be sold to Georgia Power to serve its customers under a 30-year power purchase agreement for the company’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative program (REDI).

Georgia Power’s REDI came out of the last update to the company’s long-term planning process in 2016. After coordination with and approval by the Georgia Public Service Commission, the company is adding up to 1,600 MW of additional, cost-effective renewable energy resources through REDI and related programs by 2021. These and prior programs have helped Georgia to become a national solar leader, helping to diversify the state’s energy sources, without putting upward pressure on customer rates.

The Brooks County Development Authority is pleased to have worked with representatives from NextEra Energy Resources to bring this project to Brooks County. The impact it will have on the local tax digest is tremendous, all while requiring very few services in return.

NextEra Energy Resources will host an open house for the Quitman Solar project on July 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Brooks County Museum and Cultural Center. Residents are invited to attend the open house, ask questions, meet the NextEra Energy Resources team and learn more about the project.

Additional information can be found at www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.


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