The county’s first solar farm could be functional by the end of the year.
Madison County commissioners gave the go ahead Monday to Alpharetta-based United Renewable Energy representing Patton Land Partnership to put a solar farm on 42 acres at Hwy. 98 and Hwy. 172, commonly known for the old Gholston Stand store. Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of a conditional use permit that paves the way for the project.
United Renewable Energy LLC has solar farms in Toccoa, Jefferson County, Mansfield, Edenton and Murray County. The company’s director of operations, Amber Penland, spoke to commissioners about the plans Monday.
“We develop solar farms, construct them and do maintenance on them,” said Penland. “We’re really involved from the ground up. We work throughout the southeast, but Georgia is our predominant home state. And we’ve worked with a number of different counties and cities. I’m very proud of the opportunity it brings for some of the underused rural lands throughout the state. Georgia, in terms of sunshine and because of its southern location, is a really strong, consistent source for solar.”
Penland said she thinks renewable energy will be more of a force in Georgia in years to come.
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