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Construction firm to start work on Georgia solar farm

January 17, 2021 GMT

LUMPKIN, Ga. (AP) — Silicon Ranch Corp. has hired Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives to build a 100-megawatt solar farm in southwest Georgia.

Construction is expected to begin immediately and be completed later this year on the 850-acre site in Stewart County.

The construction company said it will hire 300 workers, mostly from Georgia, to build the Lumpkin Solar Farm.

The solar farm is supposed to provide electricity to Walton Electric Membership Corp. to power a Facebook data center in Newton County. It’s part of 435 megawatts of solar development to support Facebook’s operations in Georgia. Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives built a 25-megawatt solar farm in Appling County as part of that effort last year.

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Silicon Ranch is building or operates six solar facilities in Georgia. Oil company Royal Dutch Shell PLC holds a minority stake in Silicon Ranch, which is based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Georgia is one of the top 10 states for installed solar capacity, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association