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History was made last Thursday for not only Upson County, but also the State of Georgia with the opening of the Rocky Creek Solar Farm, a 1 megawatt solar energy power plant. The plant, which became operational on June 14 – uses more than 3,400 solar panels to generate enough power to supply the electrical needs of about 300 homes. The Rocky Creek plant was developed by Solar Design & Development and Origis Energy and was built by Radiance Solar and Cantsink Manufacturing. It is the first of its kind in the state and was described by officials who worked on the creation as setting the bar future solar plants. Each of the companies involved praised Upson County Chairman Maurice Raines, County Manager Kyle Hood and the entire Board of Commissioners for making the county so business friendly and going out of their way to ensure this project was a success. During the ceremony, Raines stated that this was a great day for the community and he and the board are looking forward to more opportunities such as this in future. Officials who oversaw the development of the Rocky Creek Solar Farm gather for a photo at the ribbon cutting ceremony. Left to right are James Marlowe of Radiance Solar, Patrick Hutchinson of Cantsink, William Houser of Georgia Power, Jamie Porges of Radiance Solar, Kendall Crawford of Solar Design and Development, Maurice Raines, Chairman of Upson County Commissioners and Guy Vanderhaegan of Origis Energy. In the second photo is an aerial view of the Rocky Creek Solar Farm.