Tucker, GA, (April 6, 2023) – Georgia’s electric cooperatives provided renewable energy to help power several FIRST Robotics Competition events, including the 2023 Peachtree District Championship which kicked off today in Emerson, Georgia. GeorgiaFIRST Robotics provides educational robotics programs for high school students, and each year hosts a series of competitions for students to compete with industrial-grade, semi-autonomous robots that their teams designed and built – testing the students’ innovation, preparedness, and perseverance.
Green Power EMC, the renewable energy supplier for 38 Georgia Electric Membership Cooperatives (EMCs), is a “Friend of the Future” sponsor of the Peachtree District Championship. Cobb EMC, a member-owner of Green Power EMC and electric cooperative serving Bartow and other area counties, provided renewable energy to GeorgiaFIRST to help power the district championship and charge the student-built robots with clean, sustainable electricity, which was generated at the 20-megawatt Arlington solar facility located in South Georgia in Early County.
The theme of the 2023 FIRST Robotics Competition is CHARGED UPSM, an energy-focused season encouraging innovation and engagement in a sustainable energy future. As leaders in solar energy deployment among all U.S. electric cooperatives, Georgia’s EMCs have nearly 1,300 megawatts of operational solar energy today, with another 800 megawatts currently under construction.
Last week, Flint Energies, an electric cooperative headquartered in Reynolds, Georgia, and member-owner of Green Power EMC, helped to power the Macon Qualifier event with clean, sustainable energy generated at Houston Solar, a 68-megawatt solar facility located in Houston County, Georgia.
At the Gwinnett Qualifier event hosted in March, renewable energy to power the robotics competition was provided by Jackson EMC, an electric cooperative serving Gwinnett and other area counties – and also a member-owner of Green Power EMC. The clean energy was generated by the 52-megawatt South Loving solar facility located in Jeff Davis County, Georgia.
“Georgia’s EMCs are committed to serving their consumers with a diverse portfolio of reliable, cost-effective and environmentally responsible energy, and solar power has become an increasingly important part of their strategy,” said Green Power EMC President Jeff Pratt. “Together, we are proud to support GeorgiaFIRST in such a meaningful way. Georgia’s EMCs are providing renewable energy generated right here in our state to help power educational opportunities for the next generation of Georgia leaders.”
To power the events with renewable energy, Cobb EMC, Flint Energies and Jackson EMC provided Renewable Energy Certificates to GeorgiaFIRST for the energy required to charge the students’ robots.
About Green Power EMC
Green Power EMC is a not-for-profit cooperative founded in 2001 to support 38 of Georgia’s electric cooperatives in their search for renewable resources. The primary efforts of Green Power EMC have been to find, screen, analyze, and negotiate power purchase agreements with Georgia-based renewable resource providers. In addition to sourcing renewable energy, Green Power EMC provides education programs that help member-consumers learn both the challenges and opportunities of utilizing renewable energy. For more information, visit greenpoweremc.com or follow Green Power EMC on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
About Cobb EMC
Cobb EMC is a not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperative. The company safely delivers reliable electricity to more than 200,000 residential and commercial consumers in Cobb, Bartow, Cherokee, Fulton, and Paulding counties. Cobb EMC is consistently recognized for low-cost, reliable power, a commitment to renewable energy, and giving back to the communities it serves. Cobb EMC is one of the largest EMCs in the nation, and the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Gas South is a leading provider of natural gas in the Southeast. For more information, visit www.CobbEMC.com.
About Flint Energies
Flint Energies is a not-for-profit electric cooperative owned by its Members in parts of 17 central Georgia counties. Flint employs nearly 215 employees and serves nearly 95,000 electric meters. We are 100% locally controlled and democratically governed by nine Directors elected from among the membership. In 1937, Flint Energies was created to bring people together to meet common needs like reliable electric energy, and our mission remains focused on improving the quality of life in Middle Georgia.
About Jackson EMC
Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, the largest electric cooperative in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation, is headquartered 50 miles northeast of Atlanta in Jefferson, Ga. The cooperative serves more than 252,000 meters on 14,800 miles of energized wire. For more information, visit jacksonemc.com.
Blair Romero, Green Power EMC, firstname.lastname@example.org, 770-270-7290