Special to SEGAZINE
The Glynn County Commission Thursday signed off on an agreement that could bring a “golden” development opportunity to the area.
The intergovernmental payment in lieu of tax agreement, approved by the commission, now needs the OK of the Glynn County Board of Education to bring a 3,660-acre solar farm to Thalmann, near the Brantley County line.
The Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority approved the agreement at its meeting Feb. 24.
Development authority director Chuck Scragg said Birmingham, Ala.-based Southern Power’s proposal for the solar facility is one of about 30 responses to a request for proposals issued by the Georgia Public Service Commission April 2.
Southern Power has four other potential solar sites in the state, Scragg said, and Glynn County is the potential site of two separate projects, including a smaller, 70-acre project proposed for property near the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport.
Bids are due to the Public Service Commission April 30. A decision is due by Dec. 16, when Glynn County will find out if one of the solar farms vying for the contract is one of the two proposing to locate here.
The Southern Power facility, proposed for a tract currently zoned forest agricultural off Ga. 32, will not provide for many jobs, but it could generate a lot of wealth for the community, Scragg told the county commission at a work session Tuesday. If the site is selected by the PSC, it would be the fourth largest solar farm in the U.S., Scragg said.
The intergovernmental agreement mirrors the division of funds from Glynn County’s tax digest, with the school system getting 75 percent and the county government 25 percent. Some county commissioners suggested negotiating the split at their work session Tuesday.
“I’m for the project. I just want us to get as much as we can wrangle out of this,” Commission Chairman Michael Browning said, noting county government gives funding to the development authority, but the school system does not.
Scragg said Glynn County would not be required to fund any sort of investment in the Thalmann project. It is already near a power substation on Ga. 32, and won’t require infrastructure.