Washington Gas Energy completes solar projects in Georgia

Washington Gas Energy Systems has announced the completion of 20 solar projects producing around 15 MW for Georgia Power.

The company held official opening ceremony at their plant sites in Donalsonville and Richland.

Washington Gas Energy Systems has entered into a 20 year PPA contract with Georgia Power for the ownership and operation of the plants.

The Donalsonville project developed by Cantsink Manufacturing is a 2 MW system consisting of around 6,000 solar panels, with a capacity to produce nearly 3,000-MW hours of electricity annually.

The Greenville project, developed by Hannah Solar is a 1MW solar array at the Meriwether County Industrial Development Authority with more than 3,000 solar panels efficient enough to produce more than 1,500-MW hours of electricity per year.

In Richland, the 1-MW solar project developed by Inman Solar in collaboration with City of Richland and the Richland Development Authority consists of more than 7,000 solar panels, generating 1,500 MW hours of electricity per year.

Various Washington Gas Energy Systems projects under construction in Georgia are located in Montezuma and Homer, each sized at 1-megawatt.

The program is acclaimed for encouraging economic growth in the solar energy industry while reducing the carbon impact of Georgia town.

All projects are expected to be completed by February 2015.

A week ago, Washington Gas Energy Systems entered into an agreement with Southern Company and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to test and evaluate a battery storage system at a 1-megawatt (MW) solar array in Cedartown, Georgia (US).

The project plans to analyze a 1-MW/2-MWh lithium ion battery energy storage system as technical foundation for future grid deployments.

In another development, Washington Gas Energy Services has won the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) contract to serve power to the Federal departments and agencies in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

The Maryland contract has a lifespan of two years and the District of Columbia contract extends over 18 months, with a projected start date of June 2015.

Sabeena Wahid