IEA Constructors, a subsidiary of Indianapolis-based Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives Inc. (Nasdaq: IEA), has been awarded a contract by Tennessee-based Silicon Ranch Corp. to construct the Cedar Springs Solar Ranch in Early County, Georgia. The company says the 70-megawatt project will provide power to Green Power EMC, a renewable energy supplier for 38 electric cooperatives.
Silicon Ranch is funding the installation and plans to own and operate the solar array for the long-term.
IEA’s scope of work includes installation of modules, as well as engineering, procurement, and construction, including all civil, mechanical, and electrical work. The company says more than 215,000 modules will be installed across the 1,400-acre site.
“Four Georgia electric cooperatives will share in the power generated by this new facility which will produce enough clean energy to help serve more than 11,000 households,” said Jeff Pratt, Green Power EMC president. “In addition to adding more low-cost solar power to our members’ renewable energy portfolio, we are proud that this project will create job opportunities and support economic development in Early County.”
Construction is scheduled to begin in the next few months, and the facility is expected to be operational by the end of this year. During construction, IEA plans to hire about 250 skilled workers from Early County, the surrounding area, and the military veteran community.