The Georgia Solar Energy Industries Association (GASEIA) has asked the Georgia Public Service Commission to enforce an order requiring Georgia Power to have 100 MW of solar power under contract by year-end 2016, according to SNL Financial.
Suniva is nearing the end of a $100m expansion of its cell factory near Atlanta, Georgia, tripling its capacity to 430MW by next month before expanding again to 700MW by mid-2017.In doing so, Suniva is cementing its position as one of the largest cell makers outside Asia.
As one of the sunniest places in our country, the Southeast has perhaps the most to gain from the benefits offered by solar power. With good-paying solar industry jobs on the rise in the United States, Southeastern states could reap considerable economic dividends by embracing solar power—but this will only happen if utility companies and local governments enact fair policies that encourage families, businesses, and communities to go solar.
Georgia Power, the company that lights up metro Atlanta, is looking to make more electrons from nukes and the sun as it edges away from coal. State regulators broadly gave the utility the go-ahead for that vision for the next three years — but not without some debate about who should take on the financial risk.
Georgia Power is making a big move into solar power and other renewable energy — about three times bigger than it originally planned — under a deal state regulators are expected to approve Thursday. If the Public Service Commission’s five-member board approves a recent compromise on Georgia Power’s long-term plan, the utility will add as much as 1,600 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity, or roughly enough “green” capacity to power about 264,000 homes.
Augusta’s three five-acre solar panel arrays will place it first in Georgia among municipal solar projects, Mayor Hardie Davis said Monday. “These are the types of projects that can work, they do work and they make good business sense to the city of Augusta. I couldn’t be more proud of that today to say we did that together,” he said.
The city will soon be looking toward the sun. In a unanimous vote Thursday night, Valdosta City Council decided to partially power the Mud Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant with solar panels.Switching to solar is expected to save the city approximately $9,000 a year, according to city documents.
Georgia Power Co. will add 1,200 megawatts of renewable energy to its electrical generation portfolio during the next five years, enough to power nearly 200,000 homes, under an agreement with the state Public Service Commission (PSC).
At first glance, Lauren “Bubba” McDonald Jr. doesn’t seem a likely advocate for solar power. The 77-year-old Republican, now in his third term on Georgia’s Public Service Commission, is a lifelong conservative, a vocal Donald Trump supporter and a critic of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. He’s also one of the state’s strongest proponents of solar energy development as part of an overall portfolio mix.
Surrounded by acres of solar panels on the western edge of Fort Benning, Army and Georgia Power Company officials celebrated on Wednesday a joint project that will produce renewable energy for the post. The $75 million facility, built in about two years after it gained the required state approval, has 134,000 solar panels over more than 240 acres near the Alabama side of the post.