Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives Inc. (IEA), an infrastructure construction company with renewable energy and civil expertise, has won a 100 MW AC solar contract to build the Lumpkin solar farm in Stewart County, Ga.
Silicon Ranch Corp., an independent solar power producer based in Nashville, has awarded IEA Constructors, an IEA subsidiary that manages utility-scale energy and heavy civil infrastructure projects, the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract.
“IEA is excited to partner with Silicon Ranch again to bring additional renewable energy sources to Georgia,” said Joe Broom, IEA senior vice president of solar construction. “Georgia is among the top 10 countries in the country when it comes to total installed solar capacity. We are proud to be able to help Georgia meet its growing renewable energy needs. “
The Silicon Ranch is financing the installation of the Lumpkin Solar Farm and will own and operate the solar system in the long term. The construction of the photovoltaic system (PV) should begin immediately and is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. The scope of the IEA's work includes installing owner-provided modules and fully balancing the EPC system building, including all civil, mechanical and electrical work. More than 300,000 modules of the First Solar Series 6 will be installed on the 850 hectare site.
The IEA will hire around 300 craftsmen to build the facility, most of whom will be recruited from the local workforce. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IEA will not host a local job fair. However, the company encourages local residents interested in working at the Lumpkin Solar Farm to apply online.
The Lumpkin Solar Farm is part of a portfolio of projects with which Walton Electric Membership Corp. (EMC) under the utility's agreement to provide 100% renewable energy for Facebook's Newton County, Georgia data center, Walton EMC and Silicon Ranch have six contracts for a new renewable energy production with a total output of 435MW AC completed to aid Facebook's operations in the state.