SUMMERVILLE — A company is seeking Georgia Power’s approval to install 4,000 solar panels inside the Town of Trion.
United Renewable Energy LLC, of Alpharetta, wants to build a solar farm and sell the energy its produces to the power company, according to Mike Joelly, utility projects manager for United Renewable Energy.
If approved, the company will build the panels off Highway 27 between the Triangle Shopping Center and the river bridge. The property is owned by Larry C. Martin of Rome.
The Town of Trion voted last Thursday night to support United Renewa-ble Energy’s application to Georgia Power. The proposed site is located near the town’s wastewater treatment plant and could indirectly supply it some power through Georgia Power’s system, Jolley said.
“The energy will be sold to Georgia Power. There will not impact the town of Trion,” Jolley said.
Mayor Larry Stansell said he was surprised the council agreed to support the project. He did not think United Renewable had supplied the council with enough information to make an informed decision.
Jolley told the council last Thursday that if Georgia Power approves the project, United Renewable would give the town $10,000.
“The project would also add about a $1 million-plus to the tax digest,” Jolley said.
The solar company would pay Trion $4,792 a year based on the town’s current property tax rate.