Winners Celebrated at the 2015 TAG Smart Energy Awards

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ATLANTA, GA (January 13, 2016) – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Smart Energy Society announced the winners last night for the annual Smart Energy at the Georgia Tech Wardlaw Building. The awards night celebrated the individuals, businesses and municipalities who showed dynamic leadership in 2015. The event was on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm EST.
The awards banquet was a celebration of successes in the Smart Energy sector and a forum for networking and collaboration among industry leaders and enthusiasts.
This year’s winners are (by category):

Company of the Year Award:
Green Power EMC
Green Power EMC has reached a new agreement to purchase the full output of a new 52 megawatt solar array planned for construction in southeast Georgia. This is the second such agreement that Green Power EMC has executed with owner-operator Silicon Ranch Corporation.

Jeff Pratt, president of Green Power EMC, said the additional site in Hazlehurst serves as yet another signal of the company’s commitment to add more solar energy to its portfolio. Pratt said the two Silicon Ranch sites at Hazlehurst combined will more than triple the total renewable capacity of Green Power EMC – from the current 32 MW to about 104 MW.

“This phase represents our second major solar power addition in less than a year, and we are excited about the considerable benefits it will bring to the state of Georgia,” Pratt said. “Georgia is the fastest-growing solar state in the country, and we are proud to work with Silicon Ranch to strengthen that position.”

Professional of the Year Award:
Mike Dudgeon – Georgia House of Representative for District 25 & CTO for Hirez Studios
On May 12, 2015, Georgia took a giant leap forward in the development of distributed solar power in the state, outpacing all other states in the region. With the enactment of HB 57, The Solar Power Free-Market Financing Act of 2015, signed into law, Georgia becomes the first state in the Southeastern U.S. to legislatively approve private sales of electricity from onsite solar systems as a means of financing solar energy for Georgia businesses, institutions, schools and homes.

The forward-thinking legislators in Georgia’s General Assembly, led by the bill’s sponsor, Representative Mike Dudgeon (R-Johns Creek), recognized that the ability to use the free market to finance solar systems in the most efficient and cost-effective ways the free market offers, is a right of property owners throughout Georgia. No longer can Georgia businesses, institutions and residents be told that the law prohibits the purchase of electricity from an onsite solar system financed by a third party that is not an electric utility.

Institution of the Year Award:
Emory University
In 2005, Emory pledged to reduce energy usage per square foot by 25 percent in 10 years. Thanks to a shared vision and strong commitment to sustainability, the university has exceeded the goal ahead of schedule. The conservation goal was part of the university’s 10-year Strategic Plan and includes electricity, natural gas and fuel oil use. Energy is one of the largest non-personnel expense categories at Emory. In addition to the creation of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives, the nearly 10-year effort to reach the energy reduction goal resulted in several initiatives and programs, as well as significant cultural changes for Emory.


About Green Power EMC
Green Power EMC was the first green energy provider in the state. It was created by Georgia’s EMCs in 2001 and has been selling green energy since 2003. In addition to landfill gas generation, Green Power EMC obtains green power from renewable facilities all over the state, including low-impact hydroelectric, biomass from wood waste and solar power.

EMCs that own Green Power EMC serve more than 4.1 million Georgia residents.
For more information about renewable energy efforts in Georgia visit


About TAG Smart Energy
The mission of TAG Smart Energy is to drive the Smart Energy Economy and job growth in Georgia. The society serves as a platform to educate, promote and accelerate the implementation and development of energy efficient solutions through cooperation and innovation. Learn more at:


About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 30,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy.

The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 34 professional societies.
For more information visit the TAG website at

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