Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (IEA, Inc.) announced Friday it had been awarded a 100-megawatt (MW) solar contract to construct the Lumpkin Solar Farm in Stewart County, Georgia. Silicon Ranch Corporation awarded the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract to the company’s Constructors.
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IEA awarded with 100MW Lumpkin Solar Farm’s EPC
This Friday, the infrastructure construction company with renewable energy and specialty civil expertise, IEA, Inc.; announced it had been chosen to construct the 100MW Lumpkin Solar Farm located at Steward County, Georgia. Nashville-based Silicon Ranch Corporation awarded the company the EPC contract to IEA’s constructor branch.
Silicon Ranch, one of the nation’s largest independent solar power producers; is funding the Lumpkin Solar Farm installation and will own and operate the solar array for the long-term.
Construction of the solar facility is scheduled immediately and is expected to be completed in late 2021. In this regard, IEA will install owner-furnished modules and the full balance of system EPC construction, including all of the civil, mechanical, and electrical work.
According to data reported by Solar Power World, more than 300,000 First Solar Series 6 modules will be installed across the rural southwest Georgia site. The company expects to create approximately 300 construction jobs, most of whom will be recruited from the local labor pool in Georgia.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IEA will host a local job fair to recruit its workers; however, the Company is encouraging local area residents interested in working on the Lumpkin Solar Farm to apply online at IEA.net or to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lumpkin Solar is part of a more extensive project portfolio that aims to provide solar power to the Walton Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) as part of the utility’s agreement to supply 100% renewable energy for Facebook’s data center in Newton County, Georgia.
So far, Walton EMC and Silicon Ranch have executed six contracts totaling 435MW of new renewable energy generation to support Facebook’s operations. In 2020, Silicon Ranch and the company teamed up to construct another of these solar projects, the 25 MW Appling Solar Farm in Georgia.
“IEA is very pleased to again partner with Silicon Ranch to bring additional renewable energy sources to Georgia,” said Joe Broom, IEA’s senior VP of solar construction operations. “Georgia ranks among the top ten states in the nation for total solar capacity installed. We are proud that we can support Georgia in meeting the growing demand for clean, renewable power in the state.”
“One of the many qualities that make Georgia a great business place is a great workforce in the state. More than 1,000 Georgians have already helped us build projects that serve Facebook and Walton EMC,” said Reagan Farr, Silicon Ranch co-founder, and CEO.
“Silicon Ranch is pleased to partner again with IEA to expand this legacy to Stewart County and the surrounding region, and we thank our partners at Walton EMC and Facebook for making the Lumpkin Solar Farm and this meaningful investment possible.”