Origis Energy has announced the completion and grid-connection of two solar farms in the US state of Georgia, with a combined capacity of 23.5MW DC.
Located in the cities of Camilla and Woodbury, the two new DC plants will supply electricity to utility Georgia Power. Georgia Power, which is a subsidiary of mammoth utility holding company Southern Company, will purchase electricity from the Origis plants under its own Large Scale Solar Initiative, the latest round of which will see it purchase up to 50MW of solar power generation capacity by 2015.
Georgia Power expects to have brought nearly 800MW of PV generated power to the state by the close of its voluntary initiative programmes, which also include a distributed generation programme for small- and medium-scale PV installations.
Origis Energy has offices in Belgium, Cyprus and the US, investing in and developing utility-scale and distributed generation commercial PV plants. The two latest plants in Georgia are claimed by Origis to be the ‘second largest’ PV installations in that state. Both plants went online in late December.
The Camilla and Woodbury plants have a combined annual power output equivalent to the energy use of nearly 6,000 homes, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by around 27,000 tonnes. The plants’ construction was financed by Seminole Financial Services, under a renewable energy finance plan backed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Origis Energy president Guy Vanderhaegen said: “We are proud to be involved with such groundbreaking solar energy projects with Georgia Power. Origis Energy will continue to increase its solar footprint in the US, which by the end of 2016, should reach an installed capacity of roughly 300 MW of solar assets.”