Georgia groups are preparing to launch a program to make solar panels cheaper for city of Atlanta residents. The effort, called Solarize Atlanta, will also help with the technical aspects of choosing solar panels and getting them installed.
Plugging into solar power in Georgia no longer means having to add panels to your roof for Georgia Power customers. The company is launching a community solar program that would allow customers to lease part of a large array. It is among the efforts across Georgia that makes it one of the fastest growing states in adding solar power.
Across the country, intense battles are being waged as utilities push back against the rapid spread of rooftop solar. Batteries, are going to scramble those battles, making them effectively unwinnable for utilities. The existential crisis they hoped to avoid by slowing rooftop solar is going to slam into them twice as hard once batteries enter the picture.
A community-driven solar power movement is hoping to turn Dunwoody into Sunwoody. Solarize Dunwoody kicked off with a solar town hall June 27 where program organizers presented residents with information on converting to solar energy.
A new solar installation will be going up in the next few months in Polk County, joining its sister location right across the street on Highway 101. The facility soon to be built by Hecate Energy will be going up on land owned by the Lewis family, who got unanimous approval last week for a Special Land Use permit from the county commission.
A new agreement to purchase solar power from a facility in Hazlehurst, along with other recent solar expansions, has increased Cobb EMC’s solar portfolio by 270 percent over last year, the electric cooperative reported this week.
Hazlehurst Phase II includes more than 630,000 solar panels that track the sun on its daily east-west pathway across the sky, resulting in an increase in energy production capability over fixed-base technology. The Phase II solar facility will provide enough low-cost, renewable power to help serve more than 8,500 EMC households annually.
While progress at Georgia Power’s expansion at Plant Vogtle remains foggy, progress in other areas are much clearer. The Georgia utility provider earned a top five ranking from the Smart Electric Power Alliance this week for the solar power capacity it added to the energy grid in 2016. Of the 412 American utilities in the group’s consideration, Georgia Power earned a 5th place listing, improving on its 10th place finish the year before.
Last year, the solar industry employed many more Americans than coal, while wind power topped 100,000 jobs.
Georgia’s many faith communities honor God by making choices that protect his creation for current and future generations. For an increasing number, that means embracing solar as a clean source of the most basic commodity we consume each day: electricity. Unfortunately in some Georgia communities it’s getting harder to make this moral choice. Because local utilities feel threatened by solar’s emergence as a viable choice for their customers, some are imposing fees that penalize homes, businesses and churches for investing in solar.