2017-08-09 / Front Page

Millen is harnessing the power of the sun

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


The City of Millen’s solar array projects on Walnut Street and Magnolia Street have been completed. The arrays are connected to the power sources of two City wells. Any excess power generated will be sold back to Georgia Power. 
(Staff photos by Deborah Bennett) The City of Millen’s solar array projects on Walnut Street and Magnolia Street have been completed. The arrays are connected to the power sources of two City wells. Any excess power generated will be sold back to Georgia Power. (Staff photos by Deborah Bennett) The City of Millen’s solar array projects on Walnut Street and Magnolia Street have been completed and are operational. The two arrays are connected to the power sources of two city wells.

Any excess power generated by the two solar arrays will be sold back to Georgia Power. Jeff Brantley, City Manager, said that, based on the current Georgia Power buy back rate of 3.4 cents/kilowatt, the projected savings created by the Walnut Street array is $5,517.31 per year. The projected savings created by the Magnolia Street array is $2,391.45 per year.

“Of course, if Georgia Power increases the buy back rate, the savings will increase. The Georgia Public Service Commission is working with Georgia Power to increase the buy back rate across the state. We’re guessing to around 6 cents/kilowatt,” Mr. Brantley said.

Mr. Brantley noted that the City’s solar project array at the Waste Water Treatment Plant is awaiting completion of the contract with Georgia Power to buy all the power produced. The term will be for 25 years with an escalating rate. The initial rate will be 6.7 cents/ kilowatt, increasing annually to 19.7 cents/kilowatt in year 25. This translates into an estimated annual payment from Georgia Power of $36,850 the first year of operation and $108,350 in year 25.

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