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New solar farm approved by county commission

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.

Source: New solar farm approved by county commission | Local | northwestgeorgianews.com

Georgia Power earns top five spot for added solar capacity in 2016

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.

Source: Georgia Power earns top five spot for added solar capacity in 2016 | The Augusta Chronicle

GA Interfaith group supports solar policies

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.

Source: This is Viewpoints for Sunday, April 23, 2017 | The Telegraph

Coastal Solar to Unveil Mobile Farm Power Prototype ‘The Unit’ at 2017 Vidalia Onion Festival 

Solar energy is about to go mobile. And farmers are about to have a lot more flexibility in how they power their seasonal equipment. It is power when you need it for the farm community. A new prototype called ‘The Unit’ is about to make its first public appearance at the 2017 Vidalia Onion Festival. The Unit was created to tackle several challenges faced by the agriculture industry.

Source: Coastal Solar to Unveil Mobile Farm Power Prototype ‘The Unit’ at 2017 Vidalia Onion Festival | Valdosta Today

Georgia law change may speed solar expansion

Georgia is adding solar energy faster than almost any state in the nation, according to an industry trade group, and there’s more coming. Now lawmakers are considering forgiving a fee for folks who want to install solar power on protected land, while another bill aims to address what some see as a bit of a cloud on solar’s horizon. Across Georgia in 2015, there were enough solar panels installed to generate 409 megawatts of power, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group. By 2016, that number was up to 1,432 megawatts of installed solar capacity, which made Georgia the third-fastest state for growth in solar, according to the group. They estimate some 162,000 homes in the state are powered by solar. Signs are that there’s more coming.

Source: Georgia law change may speed solar expansion | The Telegraph