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MINNEAPOLIS, May 6, 2021 — United Renewable Energy® (URE)®, a national Engineering, Procurement, and Construction provider, worked together with their development partner, New Energy Equity (New Energy), to add three new community solar gardens to Minnesota’s solar development portfolio. The three projects, located in North Branch, Lindstrom, and Cokato and totaling more than 4.3 MW DC, are together expected to produce 5,980 MWh of clean energy in their first year. This amount of clean energy is sufficient to power approximately six hundred average homes and will be offered to local businesses and school districts by subscription. Subscribers will receive bill credits from the utility for the energy produced by the gardens, giving them the benefits of solar energy with no equipment purchase, maintenance, or solar panels required on their own premises.


LENOIR, N.C. (April 6, 2021) – Blue Ridge Energy, a member-owned electric cooperative serving northwest North Carolina, has selected Oriden LLC to develop a utility-scale solar project as part of its Brighter Future initiative. This project will provide a local generation source and allow Blue Ridge Energy to work towards their low cost, low carbon […]

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SHELBY, Ohio, Oct. 23, 2020 — On a partly cloudy day in December of 2019, the mayor of Shelby, Ohio, flipped the switch that would add clean, renewable solar power to the town’s power grid system. Earlier that day, engineers had finalized the testing needed to launch commercial operation of a new solar array, and over the last ten months, Shelby residents have been reaping the benefits of the renewable energy resource and a smaller carbon footprint.


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LAGRANGE, Ga., Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A 3MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project has been completed and commercialized by United Renewable Energy at Kimberly-Clark’s facility in LaGrange, Georgia. The project was the result of collaboration between Kimberly-Clark’s facility, United Renewable Energy LLC as the project developer and builder, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC through a subsidiary, which is the long-term project owner. All of the output from the new solar facility, along with all the renewable energy credits (RECs) will be sold to Georgia Power as part of Georgia Power’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative, and the associated RECs will be retired on behalf of all of Georgia Power’s customers.


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Pete: First, congratulations on making Solar Power World’s Top Solar Contractors list. What is the story behind how United Renewable Energy was founded?

William: Thank you Pete, I am very proud of our team and the work we do to provide quality solar projects. United Renewable Energy, LLC was founded in January of 2008 in Georgia by myself and my future wife at the time, Shana [Haygood] Silva. We have four children and live in Cherokee County, GA. Shana is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School, and she is the daughter of an Air Force Academy graduate, and a first daughter of Texas. I graduated with engineering degrees from George Mason University and the University at Buffalo, and am a first-generation American, son of an American mother and my father is an immigrant from Colombia, South America. We started working from our dining room in Alpharetta, and eventually grew into our current 7,000 sq ft facility in Alpharetta, (Forsyth County), Georgia. Today, United Renewable Energy, LLC (URE) is a highly experienced development and construction firm specializing in industrial and utility solar and energy storage systems. URE is a licensed multi-state general and electrical contractor operating throughout the country. URE’s focus on key utility and industrial partners allows us to deliver solar projects with utility level safety, quality, and performance at the lowest possible cost in the Eastern United States. URE employs over 35 full-time employees, and with contract personnel, employ around 200 during full construction, which is typically more than half of the year.


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GREENVILLE, S.C., Sept. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — United Renewable Energy LLC, a leading national solar project developer and construction firm, has completed construction on two solar photovoltaic projects in Georgia totaling over 3.8 MW of generation on approximately 30 acres of land. Both projects were made possible by debt financing from United Community Bank, a Southeastern regional community bank with specialized commercial lending capabilities, including renewable energy financing.


ure-news-image_constellation_Swainsboro_GeorgiaSWAINSBORO, Ga., Sept. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ –The Dixon family of Swainsboro, Georgia realized the value of adding sustainable green energy to the community to promote a healthy environment. They chose to take their 26 acres of cultivated fields out of production to become the largest solar site in Swainsboro. The Dixons are able to generate a greater income from the once cultivated land. As is our standard policy, United Renewable Energy LLC (URE) utilized as many local laborers and contractors as possible to build the array. Andy Dixon’s own fence company, Central Fence, provided and installed the fencing for the project. “URE made the process of constructing the project a pleasant experience,” said Andy Dixon.

 Constellation and United Renewable Energy Complete Georgia Utility Solar Project    

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Construction of the Phipps Bend Nuclear Power plant kicked off in 1978. Tucked in a bend of the Holston River near Surgoinsville, Tennessee, the project was expected to revitalize the area’s economy. The electricity it generated would reach the entire coverage area of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Just a few years into the project, energy demand and prices were falling. The partial nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island triggered increased citizen concerns along with increased costs to meet new regulatory requirements. The TVA Board of Directors ceased construction in 1981. The plant was never operational.

While an industrial park was developed nearby in the late 1980s, the plant was only used for safety training exercises – until now.