ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced Tuesday that Silicon Ranch Corporation will invest approximately $55 million in a new 68-megawatt solar project in Houston County.

In partnership with Green Power EMC, Silicon Ranch will provide the solar energy it generates to serve more than thirty Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs) throughout the state.

“We are excited that Silicon Ranch continues to make significant investments in Georgia communities to power homes and businesses with low-cost, locally generated solar energy,” said Kemp. “My thanks to Silicon Ranch for partnering with Georgia’s electric cooperatives to support economic development across the Peach State.”

Silicon Ranch, one of the nation’s largest independent solar power producers, has selected Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, Inc. (NASDAQ: IEA) as the general contractor for the project. IEA is scheduled to commence construction on Dec. 1 and plans to hire more than 300 craft workers, the majority of whom will be recruited from Houston County and the surrounding area.

“Silicon Ranch is committed to making a positive difference in the communities we serve, and we’re pleased to work with our partners at Green Power EMC and IEA to execute this vision in Houston County,” said Silicon Ranch Co-Founder and Chairman Matt Kisber.