BLAKELY, GA (AP) - A new solar farm is generating electricity in southwest Georgia. State and industry officials gathered Friday to inaugurate the Bancroft Station Solar Farm near Blakely.

Solar farm developer Silicon Ranch of Nashville, Tennessee built the installation for Walton Electric Membership Corp. That north Georgia electric cooperative has a contract to supply the power to Facebook for a data center Facebook is building in Newton County. The modules were manufactured by Korean firm Hanwha Q Cells in Whitfield County.

Early County Commission Chairwoman June Merritt tells WTVY-TV that tax revenue from the solar farm will help keep property taxes low.

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