EATONTON, GA (July 21, 2016) —The Putnam Development Authority announced today that Tri-County EMC has invested approximately $2 million into a 1 MW solar site, the largest and the first of its kind in our area. The 10 acre site has over 4,200 solar panels and will generate over 2 million kWhs per year. The facility is located adjacent to the Tri-County EMC Eatonton District Office in Putnam County.

With ourSolar, Tri-County EMC members have the opportunity to get solar generation for their home or business without any of the risks of installing solar panels on their roof or property. The energy for ourSolar will come from this new 1 MW solar array in Putnam County.

For $25 per month for each 1.22kW  block, the customer will have all of the energy generated by the block credited against the normal usage on that month’s electric bill. Each block should generate approximately 160 to 250 kWh per month. Best of all, there is nothing to install or finance and no contract. The customer can end their participation at any time, although to rejoin they must wait twelve months.

Cooperative Solar Advantages

  • No installation or maintenance costs for to the customer
  • No holes in the customer’s roof
  • Lower costs per kWh through economies of scale
  • No issues with shading or roof direction
  • Renters or homeowners with restrictive covenants can participate
  • No up-front costs, financing, or long-term contracts
  • Limited to 4 blocks per account

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About Tri-County EMC:

Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation is a member-owned electric cooperative serving more than 21,025 accounts in Baldwin, Bibb, Jasper, Jones, Morgan, Putnam, Twiggs and Wilkinson County. The cooperative, chartered in 1939, is headquartered in Gray, Georgia and has a district office in Eatonton. Tri-County EMC is governed by a nine-member board of directors elected by and from the cooperative’s customer/members.  For more information about Tri-County EMC go to: https://www.tri-countyemc.com/

About Putnam Development Authority:

The purpose of the Putnam Development Authority is to develop, promote, and expand for the public good and general welfare, industry and trade within Putnam County. For more information, visit the website at https://putnamdevelopmentauthority.com/


Terry Schwindler
Economic Development Director