Georgia’s first renewable energy program, Green Power EMC, provides electricity through its 38 member EMCs. A nonprofit corporation, Green Power EMC uses green resources such as low-impact hydroelectric plants, biomass, landfill gas, and solar to generate electricity.


Since 2001, Green Power EMC has brought online three landfill generating sites, a low-impact hydroelectric facility, a biomass plant that turns wood waste into electricity, and three solar facilities. Green Power’s total renewable generating capacity is approximately 32 megawatts, with further renewable energy planned for the future.  Green Power EMC and its Member EMCs plan to have more than 250 MW of renewable energy in operation by year end 2016 including more than 200 MW of solar generating capacity.  



Green Power EMC developed SunPower for Schools in 2005 as a partner in education program, providing an in-class solar learning laboratory for students across the state. The program provides participating schools with on-site solar panels and the software necessary to study energy produced by the sun. SunPower for Schools is the largest solar education program in Georgia.

The SunPower for Schools program features the latest in solar technology. With upgraded solar systems and new monitoring software, students use the real-time data and learning laboratory to better understand the opportunities and challenges of renewable energy. 


A Unique Learning Experience

Along with the latest equipment, Green Power EMC and its partners developed this curriculum to complement and reinforce the school curriculum standards for science and math. In addition, schools seeking to provide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs will benefit from the learning laboratory included with the program. SunPower for Schools program curriculum was developed by the University of West Georgia, in partnership with Green Power EMC.

This off-the-shelf program provides lessons appropriate for middle school students, high school students and some that can be used at either level. The curriculum is divided into a series of lesson plans that cover four primary areas: 1) physical science, physics and chemistry; 2) math; 3) biology and environmental science; and 4) earth science.