Silicon Ranch Corporation, a company that operated as the US solar platform for Royal Dutch Shell Plc has selected Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives Inc (IEA) to construct a 100MW solar farm in southern Georgia. IEA will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the Lumpkin solar park in Stewart County, which will be owned and operated by Silicon Ranch Corp. The facility will consist of over 300,000 Series 6 panels provided by First Solar. The Lumpkin solar park is part of a 435-MW portfolio that will generate power for the Walton Electric Membership Corporation, which will sell it to Facebook for the social media giant’s data center in Newton County.
The plant constructed on an 850-acre site will hire over 250 workers specifically from Georgia for its construction. Silicon Ranch is funding the installation of the Lumpkin Solar Farm and will own and operate the solar array for the long-term, a disciplined approach the company takes with every project it develops. Construction of the solar energy generation facility is scheduled to begin immediately and is expected to be completed in late 2021. IEA’s scope of work includes the installation of owner furnished modules and the full balance of system EPC construction, including all of the civil, mechanical, and electrical work.
“One of the many qualities that make Georgia a great place for business is the wonderful workforce in the state. More than 1,000 Georgians have already helped us build projects that serve Facebook and Walton EMC,” said Silicon Ranch Co-Founder and CEO, Reagan Farr. “Silicon Ranch is pleased to partner again with IEA to expand this legacy to Stewart County and the surrounding region, and we thank our partners at Walton EMC and Facebook for making the Lumpkin Solar Farm and this meaningful investment possible.”