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Duke Energy Renewables has announced that nine solar projects developed with SolAmerica Energy totalling 14.1MW have begun commercial operations across central Georgia.

The nine solar projects are participating under Georgia Power's Renewable Energy Development Initiative.

These projects bring Duke Energy Renewables, operating through its REC Solar business unit, to 27.4 MW of solar projects in Georgia.

"We're excited to complete these projects and look forward to developing even more clean, renewable energy projects in Georgia in the future," said Chris Fallon, vice president of Duke Energy Renewables.

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The nine solar projects, which were acquired by Duke Energy Renewables in 2018, are expected to contribute $10 million to local communities in leasing and taxes. A total of 54,590 solar panels were built into the projects. The last site began commercial operations in May 2019.

Each project was developed under an engineering, production and procurement agreement between REC Solar and SolAmerica and a 35-year power purchase agreement with Georgia Power.

"SolAmerica is very pleased to have been able to work with Duke Energy Renewables and REC Solar on a second portfolio in Georgia, having successfully assisted on projects under Georgia Power's Advanced Solar Initiative in 2016," said R. Stanley Allen, chief executive officer, SolAmerica. "We hope to work again together, whether in Georgia or elsewhere. The demand for such relationships to bring clean energy solutions to market faster is definitely here."

The nine projects now in operation include:

Bibb Jones.996 MWMacon, GA
Columbia Bryson1.38 MWGrovetown, GA
Liberty Martin.996 MWRiceboro, GA
Muscogee Public Works1.56 MWColumbus, GA
Richmond Hayes1.75 MWAugusta, GA
Telfair Holland.960 MWMcRae Helena, GA
Telfair Thompson1.90 MWMcRae, GA
Troup RC502.30 MWPine Mountain, GA
Wilkinson DeFore2.30 MWGordon, GA

The utility says it's on track to own or purchase 8,000 megawatts of wind, solar and biomass energy by 2020.