Exelon Corp. unit Constellation and United Renewable Energy on Tuesday announced they have completed work on a 1.8-MW solar power farm at a Georgia cattle farm.
The direct-current solar project is located at Hunter Farms, an 81-year-old operation on 360 acres in Jakin, Georgia. The system is comprised of 5,305 photovoltaic panels and will operate under a 30-year power purchase agreement with Constellation selling the energy to Georgia Power, a division of Southern Co.
The Hunter family will benefit from lease payments.
Some farmers in Georgia and elsewhere are considering or signing onto solar power deals as a way of gaining some income from marginal or over-used land. Energy firms have also completed deals with farmers in Jenkins and Taylor counties, among others.
"This project supports and further underscores our mission of providing sustainably, organically and ethically grown, high quality products to our customers," said Chad Hunter, third-generation member of Hunter Farms. "Investing a small amount of marginal land to provide reliable income to support our mission was a great opportunity to continue building a lasting legacy."
Solar accounted for less than 1 percent of Georgia’s energy mix only a few years ago. Now Constellation alone owns and operates 17.8 MW of solar projects in the state.
"Constellation is committed to powering a cleaner and brighter future for our customers and communities," said Brendon Quinlivan, Executive Director, Distributed Energy Origination at Constellation. "As we continue to expand our solar project portfolio in the Southeast U.S. marketplace, we thank URE and Hunter Farms for the critical role they played in the successful development of our Jakin project."