UK-based firm Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has started construction on the Southern Oak Solar Project in the state of Georgia, US.

To be developed by Invenergy, the 160MWac project is reported to be the largest bifacial solar project in the US.

With an ability to generate power from both sides of the panels, bifacial solar modules will enable project owners to generate additional solar energy within the same footprint.

The bifacial solar modules will be supplied for the project by the Chinese mono-crystalline solar cells and modules manufacturer LONGi Solar.

“This project offers a real opportunity to become the future of solar technology in the US.”

The Southern Oak solar project will also be equipped with NEXTracker’s single-axis tracker racking system.

RES construction vice-president Tim Jordan said: “This project offers a real opportunity to become the future of solar technology in the US. Bifacial modules allow project owners to tackle land area constraints and make the most of the resources without installing more plant infrastructure.”

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Under Georgia Power’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI) programme, the clean energy generated by the Southern Oak project including all the renewable energy credits and environmental attributes will be sold to Georgia Power. During the construction phase, the project will create more than 400 construction jobs and also generate more than $12m in local economic development over the next decade.

The Southern Oak Solar is expected to commence its operations by the end of this year.

Invenergy Renewable Project Management vice-president Utopia Hill said: “For this project, Invenergy wanted to work with an experienced and knowledgeable construction partner. RES fulfils these criteria and we look forward to the timely completion of the facility this year.”