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Largest Solar Plant In Southeast Coming To Georgia

First Solar, which is based in Arizona, said it will build a 2,000-acre solar facility in Twiggs County just south of Macon.
First Solar, which is based in Arizona, said it will build a 2,000-acre solar facility in Twiggs County just south of Macon.
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The largest solar power plant in the Southeast will be built right here in Georgia.

First Solar, which is based in Arizona, said it will build a 2,000-acre solar facility in Twiggs County just south of Macon.

The announcement by First Solar comes as good news to Don Moreland, chair of the Georgia Solar Energy Association’s board of directors.

He was worried Georgia would lose a thousand of its 4,000 solar power industry jobs after President Donald Trump put a 30 percent tariff on solar imports.

“I think what this decision says is that in Georgia, our solar industry is pretty resilient,” he said. “We are going to continue to look at new technologies that are manufactured here in Georgia.”

First Solar said building the plant could generate 300 to 400 hundred construction jobs.

Once the plant is up and running, it’s expected to generate 450 gigawatt hours a year.

So just how much electricity is that?

“That equates to enough power to meet the needs of roughly 33,000 typical Georgia households,” said Steve Krum, with First Solar.

When the plant comes online, Georgia Power will buy power from the plant that will then feed into the utility’s grid.