Landfill Solar on Wetherington Lane, Lowndes County, Georgia

These 1.0 megawatts (MW) of solar panels across from the old closed Evergreen Landfill will soon feed the new Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) a short distance up the same Wetherington Road. To get the electricity there, a power line will either have to be bored underground or put on poles overhead; that’s as yet undecided.

Solar panels with reference dogs
Photo: John S. Quarterman for LAKE, 25 July 2017

Another solar field, started a couple of weeks ago, will be on land right to the WWTP, for another 275 KW.

This is according to William “Ricky” Cornelius, Plant Superintendent at the new WWTP, aka Withlacoochee WPCP. He also said they have the same deal with Colquitt EMC I do: they pay the EMC 10 cents per kilowatt hour (kwh) and the EMC pays them 4.5 cents. So whatever the WWTP uses directly is gravy, but if they produce more than they use, they get a low rate from CEMC. This is the same “avoided rate” scheme all the electric utilities in Georgia use for paying for locally-generated electric power.

Also, on the Valdosta City Council agenda for 5:30 PM tomorrow, Thursday, 10 August 2017:

6. Bids, Contracts, Agreements and Expenditures
a) Consideration of Easement Agreements with Georgia Power for solar arrays on Val Tech Road at the old landfill near Valdosta State Prison and at the Police Department firing range.

Or should that say Wiregrass Technical College Highway?

In addition to the solar arrays Valdosta is building, there are also ones at the airport, and at Langboard; stay tuned.

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Solar panels with reference dogs 30.8226119, -83.3595080
Solar panels with reference dogs 30.8226119, -83.3595080

Solar panels 30.8234175, -83.3595684
Solar panels 30.8234175, -83.3595684

Solar electrical equipment 30.8234029, -83.3596398
Solar electrical equipment 30.8234029, -83.3596398

Across Wetherington Road to closed Evergreen Landfill 30.8226119, -83.3595080
Across Wetherington Road to closed Evergreen Landfill 30.8226119, -83.3595080

Old Mount Trashmore 30.8223685, -83.3597960
Old Mount Trashmore 30.8223685, -83.3597960

Advanced Disposal, Evergreen Landfill, 3163 Wetherington Lane 30.8223694, -83.3597911
Advanced Disposal, Evergreen Landfill, 3163 Wetherington Lane 30.8223694, -83.3597911

Closeup, Advanced Disposal, Pecan Row Landfill, 2995 Wetherington Lane 30.8162757, -83.3598545
Closeup, Advanced Disposal, Pecan Row Landfill, 2995 Wetherington Lane 30.8162757, -83.3598545

Advanced Disposal, Pecan Row Landfill, 2995 Wetherington Lane 30.8162757, -83.3598545
Advanced Disposal, Pecan Row Landfill, 2995 Wetherington Lane 30.8162757, -83.3598545

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