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Construction still underway for Solar Plant

Construction workers are busy working on the 120 acre solar plant in Mitchell County Construction workers are busy working on the 120 acre solar plant in Mitchell County
70,000 solar panels will make up the plant 70,000 solar panels will make up the plant
The plant hopes to be ready by mid November The plant hopes to be ready by mid November
Johan Vanhee says his company invested $50 million into the project Johan Vanhee says his company invested $50 million into the project
MITCHELL CO., GA (WALB) -

The South Georgia sunshine is about to create power and could even save utility customers a little money. A Multimillion dollar solar power plant is under construction in Mitchell County.

The Camilla Solar Plant has brought more than 40 construction jobs to the area. Developers say that when the project is complete it will be their second largest plant in Georgia. Workers are busy constructing this 120 acre solar plant in Mitchell County owned by Origis Energy.

"The development took place starting in 2011, it was ready to be constructed by mid this year where we had all of the financing in place," said Origis Energy Partner Johan Vanhee.

Boxes hold 25 solar panels that will make up 70 thousand panels capable of producing 20 megawatts of electricity.

"What they do is they produce D-C power which we invert to A-C power and we sell to the grid of Georgia Power," said Vanhee.

The company based in Europe invested $50 million in this plant that will deliver energy to more than 11,000 households here in Southwest Georgia. The area's abundance of land was one of the reasons Mitchell County was selected.

"Second the solar radiation is pretty good over here," said Vanhee.

Plant developers say that when it's complete the plant has the potential to help households save money on their energy bills.

 "That they will pay in due time less distribution costs because Georgia power doesn't have to bring in the power coming from that far," said Vanhee.

Security lights and cameras are up to detect motion from animals and humans that enter the plant. Recent rain has delayed construction a little but plant developers say they are still on track.

 "We had some issues with rain that has delayed us but the mean time we practically catched up," said Vanhee.

Plant developers hope to have the plant complete by mid November. Workers must still line, wire and clean the panel tables before they can be operated. Grass will also be grown and internal roads still need to be paved. Origis Energy's largest plant is in the Atlanta area.

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