Stephens Co. Still In Running For Solar Panel Farm Site

Stephens County remains in the running to locate a solar panel farm site on land owned by the county’s Development Authority in Eastanollee.

Earlier this year, the Stephens County Development Authority applied on behalf of a developer to Georgia Power to locate a solar panel farm site on land the Development Authority owns off Wolf Pit and Turner Roads.

It is all part of a Georgia Power initiative to increase its use of solar power.

Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin said so many applications were submitted to Georgia Power that a lottery was conducted to select projects that would move forward.

Martin said that the Development Authority has received word that its application earned a partial slot in the program through the lottery.

“We applied for four megawatts and, in a lottery, we were selected for 500 kilowatts, 1/8th of what we applied for,” said Martin.

He added that they are still determining what comes next.

“We are going to be meeting further with Georgia Power officials, as well as our developer partner and hopefully within the next several days, we will have more complete and better answers,” said Martin.

According to Martin, the Development Authority would lease the land to the developer it has partnered with in the effort. That developer would then construct the solar panels and run the project.

Martin said the power generated would then add to Georgia Power’s current supply.

“This particular project is looking for solar sites that solar panels can be constructed on and power can be generated and added to the grid,” explained Martin.

The land under consideration for the solar panels is next to a Georgia Power substation, which would help get the solar power generated onto the grid.