Georgia electric co-op to install 1.85-MW solar, 4-MWh storage project

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Natural gas provider Gas South and Georgia electric utility Cobb EMC broke ground on a solar + storage in Marietta, Georgia.

“We’re committed to affordable, renewable energy and redefining what it means to be an energy expert,” said Peter Heintzelman, Cobb EMC president and CEO. “This project enables us to test the performance advantage and resiliency of solar panels and battery storage, which will benefit Cobb EMC members for decades to come. We’re proud to support sustainability efforts that make financial sense for all of our members.”

The 1.85-MW solar, 1-MW/4-MWh battery project is being added to the Cobb EMC campus to help power its operations. The energy storage portion of the project will also help the cooperative learn how to better support solar and battery projects for large customers. In April, Cobb EMC will add to the project three Smart Flowers that will provide an additional 13,140 kWh of energy.

This project is owned by Gas South for Cobb EMC to support future sustainability efforts for both companies. This arrangement provides Cobb EMC with the solar and battery output for 10 years, and will enable Cobb EMC to share solar energy back to the grid during certain periods of time.

“Together, we’re committed to renewable energy that will pave the way for a more sustainable future for our communities,” said Kevin Greiner, Gas South president and CEO. “As a subsidiary of Cobb EMC, we are excited to work with our parent company on this innovative project.”

The rooftop solar and energy storage solutions were developed by Creative Solar USA and Northern Reliability and are slated for completion by May 2020.

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“The team at Creative Solar USA is proud to play a role in this important project, which will not only provide competitive renewable energy to the grid but serve as a learning tool for future projects,” said Russell Seifert, CEO of Creative Solar USA. “I founded this company to be a cutting-edge leader in our evolving energy market and this project is a standing example of our commitment to clean, economical electricity for our fellow Georgians.”

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