JAKIN, Ga., June 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Renewable
Energy LLC (URE) and Constellation, an Exelon Company, announced
today the completion of a 1.8-megawatt (DC) solar generation
project located at Hunter Farms, a 360-acre, family-owned cattle
farm in Jakin, Georgia. The Hunter
family, which established its company in 1937, will benefit from
lease payments from a tracking solar array — situated within
marginal and over-used land.
"Projects like this provide much needed income to landowners
like Hunter Farms, Inc. In the farming economy, where
diversification is increasingly vital, this project brings a nice
cash crop to augment their top quality, animal-welfare-approved
beef," said William Silva, CEO of
URE. "Constellation again proved to be the landowner's and
developer's best choice to finance a unique and exciting
"Constellation is committed to powering a cleaner and brighter
future for our customers and communities," said Brendon Quinlivan, Executive Director,
Distributed Energy Origination at Constellation. "As we continue to
expand our solar project portfolio in the Southeast U.S.
marketplace, we thank URE and Hunter Farms for the critical role
they played in the successful development of our Jakin project."
The system — comprised of 5,305 photovoltaic
panels — operate under a 30-year Power Purchase Agreement
(PPA), with Constellation selling all energy and environmental
attributes to Georgia Power. It is part of the nationally
recognized Georgia Power Company Advanced Solar Initiative, which
has helped to make Georgia a top
10 solar state. Constellation now owns and operates 17.8 MW of
solar projects in Georgia.
"This project supports and further underscores our mission of
providing sustainably, organically and ethically grown, high
quality products to our customers," said Chad Hunter, third-generation member of Hunter
Farms. "Investing a small amount of marginal land to provide
reliable income to support our mission was a great opportunity to
continue building a lasting legacy."
Constellation is a leading
competitive retail supplier of power, natural gas and energy
products and services for homes and businesses across the
continental United States.
Constellation's family of retail businesses serves approximately 2
million residential, public sector and business customers,
including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100. Baltimore-based Constellation is a subsidiary
of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive
energy provider, with 2017 revenues of approximately $33.5 billion, and more than 32,700 megawatts of
owned capacity comprising one of the nation's cleanest and
lowest-cost power generation fleets. Learn more
at www.constellation.com or on Twitter
About United Renewable Energy
United Renewable Energy
is an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firm
developing industrial and utility solar photovoltaic farms and
energy storage systems. URE™ focuses on creative design and
implementation to deliver solar and energy storage projects with
superior quality, performance, and safety at competitive cost.
Learn more at www.u-renew.com.
About Hunter Farms, Inc.
Hunter Farms, Inc. was
established in 1937 by John Wesley Hunter,
Sr. and his wife Mollie Lee.
The couple left a 1000-acre legacy for their nine children.
They have maintained this legacy by managing the farm in sunny,
southwest Georgia ever since,
raising grass-fed beef that is certified by the American Grassfed
Association and Animal Welfare Approved. For more information about
Hunter Farms, Inc., contact Chad and Bishop Hunter at
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