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Solar Farm operational in Industrial Park

The solar farm located on approximately six acres in the Industrial Park is up and running. The farm is generating solar power that will flow to nearby transformers and then to Georgia Power Company -- Photo courtesy of Curt Hames

A new solar power generating facility was welcomed to Evans County on Tuesday, its opening made official with a ribbon cutting cermony at the site in the Claxton-Evans Industrial Park. Among those participating, front row (l-r): Randy Mayfield, Chairman EDA; Michelle Pfeffer, EDA Director; James Marlow, Radiance Solar; Sharon Lee, Cantsink Marketing; Paul Eason, Chamber of Commerce President; Patrick Hutchinson, Cantsink Manufacturing President; Shela Holland, Evans Board of Commissioners; Tan Adams, Georgia Power Area Manager; and Irene Burney, Evans BOC.
Solar Farm operational in Industrial Park

With the snip of a green ribbon yesterday morning, local officials welcomed the newest addition to the Claxton-Evans County Industrial Park. Its presence, however, will be barely noticed.
Situated on some six acres, a short distance from Bill Hodges Road, the 1 megawatt solar power generating facility will operate quietly and mostly by remote computer control. The solar project is one of 210 MW projects awarded under the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative program.
Atlanta-based Radiance Solar was in charge of electrical work for the project, while Cantsink Manufacturing conducted the engineering, procurement and construction. The installation, which started at the site last summer, includes more than 3,000 solar panels.
The project is owned and operated by Hutchinson Solar Holdings under a 20-year agreement with Georgia Power. It is designed to produce more than 1,500 megawatt hours of electricity per year, which can power as many as 121 homes.
Economic Development Authority Chairman Randy Mayfield, among several officials welcoming the operation to Evans County, said the project represents an investment of more than $1 million, is environmentally friendly, and will add significant value to the county’s tax base.?Various estimates of annual tax revenue generated to Evans County range from $15,000 to $18,000.

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