RES, a provider of engineering and construction for wind, solar, transmission and energy storage projects, has begun construction of the Southern Oak Solar Project in Georgia.
The 160 MW AC project, developed by Invenergy, will be America’s largest bifacial solar project to date, claims RES. Bifacial solar modules generate power from both sides of the panels; this allows project owners to make better use of available space by capturing additional solar energy within the same footprint.
“This project offers a real opportunity to become the future of solar technology in the United States,” says Tim Jordan, vice president of construction at RES. “Bifacial modules allow project owners to tackle land-area constraints and make the most of resources without installing more plant infrastructure.”
In addition to LONGi’s bifacial modules, Southern Oak will also use NEXTracker’s single-axis tracker racking system. The solar energy output from the project, including all the renewable energy credits and environmental attributes, will be sold to Georgia Power through the utility’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative.
Construction is expected to generate more than 400 jobs, and the project will generate more than $12 million in local economic development over the first 10 years of operation.
Southern Oak Solar is projected to be in operation by the end of 2019.