Arlington, GA (October 12, 2021) – PCL Construction Services, Inc., one of the largest general contractors in North America, announced that the company has begun construction on the 20-megawatt (MWAC) Arlington Solar Farm, located in Early County in southwest Georgia.
Silicon Ranch Corporation, one of the nation’s largest independent solar power producers, selected PCL’s Solar division as the Engineer-Procure-Construct (EPC) contractor for the project. One of the industry’s most well-resourced contractors providing EPC services, PCL has contracted solar projects in the United States, Australia, and Canada.
PCL is responsible for the design, procurement, construction, commissioning and handover of the utility-scale solar facility. Silicon Ranch is funding the installation and will own and operate the array for the long term, a disciplined approach the company takes with every project it develops. Once the solar farm is operational later this year, Silicon Ranch will provide the renewable power it generates at cost-competitive rates to Green Power EMC, the renewable power supplier for 38 Georgia EMCs throughout the state.
To construct the project, PCL and its workforce management partner, Quality Labor Management will hire approximately 150 craft workers, with preference given to recruits from the local labor pool and the military veteran community. Positions include mechanics, electricians, operators, foremen, safety professionals, inventory specialists, carpenters, installers, general laborers and more.
“As the long-term owner of our projects, Silicon Ranch is committed to supporting the communities we serve, and we’re pleased to work again with PCL to execute this vision,” said Silicon Ranch Co-Founder and CEO Reagan Farr. “Hundreds of area residents have already helped us build a number of world-class solar facilities in the region, and we are excited about bringing that local experience to bear for the Arlington Solar Farm as well. We thank our partners at Green Power EMC, the Early County Board of Commissioners, and the Early County Development Authority for making this investment possible.”
“PCL has long believed in the important role solar energy plays in our pathway to a more sustainable future,” said Brad Hise, PCL’s Solar operations manager. He added that PCL has completed over 50 utility-scale solar projects to-date. “PCL is known for bringing innovation to every project, and we’re excited to build a modern, efficient solar facility that will leverage the best technology at our disposal.”
“Green Power EMC and its 38 electric membership corporations are proud of our partnership with PCL and Silicon Ranch and are appreciative of their commitment to this large-scale solar initiative and investment in the Early County community”, said Green Power EMC President and CEO, Jeff Pratt. “This project will provide significant benefits to the area, including jobs and economic growth, while moving us toward a more sustainable future in Georgia”.
The Arlington Solar Farm is part of a portfolio of projects announced in 2018 by Silicon Ranch and Green Power EMC. Silicon Ranch pioneered utility-scale solar in Georgia and remains a leader in the market, serving Green Power EMC and its member cooperatives with solar farms located in rural communities across the state. Collectively, the Georgia EMCs lead the nation among electric cooperatives for solar deployment.
About PCL Construction
PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Australia. These diverse operations in solar and power production, civil infrastructure, heavy industrial and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in more than 30 major centers. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of more than $6 billion, making PCL one of the largest contracting organizations in North America. Watch us build at PCL.com.
About Silicon Ranch Corporation
Silicon Ranch is the U.S. solar platform for Shell and one of the largest independent solar power producers in the country, with more than 145 operating facilities across more than 15 states coast to coast. Silicon Ranch owns and operates every project in its portfolio and has maintained an unblemished track record of project execution, having successfully commissioned every project it has contracted in its history. In recognition of its holistic approach to land management, which the company has trademarked Regenerative Energy®, Silicon Ranch was named 2020’s “Most Forward-Thinking” company by Solar Power World. Silicon Ranch pioneered utility-scale solar in Georgia and remains a market leader, with more than 1 Gigawatt across the state. To learn more, visit siliconranch.com and follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
About Green Power EMC
Green Power EMC is a not-for-profit cooperative founded in 2001 to support EMCs in their search for Georgia’s renewable resources. The primary efforts of Green Power EMC have been to find, screen, analyze, and negotiate power purchase agreements with Georgia-based renewable resource providers. In addition to sourcing renewable energy, Green Power EMC provides education programs that help Member consumers learn both the challenges and opportunities of utilizing renewable energy. For more information about the EMCs’ renewable energy efforts in Georgia, visit greenpoweremc.com or follow Green Power EMC on Twitter or Facebook.