Work Underway on Stephens Co. Solar Project

Work is underway on a solar panel farm project in Stephens County.

United Renewable Energy and SunEdison said they have started construction on a 700 kilowatt power plant in the county.

The solar panels are going up on land owned by the Stephens County Development Authority off of Wolf Pit and Turner roads.

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

The land where the solar panels are going is next to a Georgia Power substation and the power that is generated would add to Georgia Power’s current supply.

The Development Authority is leasing the land to United Renewable Energy.

URE will then run the project once construction is finished.

“The URE and SunEdison team have brought much needed economic activity to the county, and helped us bring revenue from land that had long been off the tax rolls,” said Tim Martin, executive director of the Stephens County Development Authority.

Construction is expected to wrap up next month.

United Renewable Energy CEO William Silva said his company is thankful for the Development Authority’s vision in hosting this project and helping to develop the solar energy market in Georgia.