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Solar group: Georgia Power not on track to meet 100 MW solar target by year’s end
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.
Source: Solar group: Georgia Power not on track to meet 100 MW solar target by year’s end | Utility Dive
Georgia-based Suniva strengthens its position as one of the largest solar cell makers outside of Asia
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.
Source: Suniva and Shunfeng betting big on US solar | Article | Recharge
Series highlights ‘Stories of Solar’ in the Southeast
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.
Source: Commentary: Series highlights ‘Stories of Solar’ in the Southeast | Southeast Energy News
State regulators OK Georgia Power plan for more solar and nuke energy as utility edges away from coal
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.
Source: State regulators OK Georgia Power plan for more solar and nuke energy as utility edges away from coal
Georgia Power agrees to bigger solar and wind boost
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.
Source: Georgia Power agrees to bigger solar and wind boost | www.myajc.com
Augusta solar energy project breaks ground
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.
Source: Augusta solar energy effort breaks ground | The Augusta Chronicle
Valdosta goes solar
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.
Source: Valdosta goes solar | Local News | valdostadailytimes.com
Georgia Power agrees to major commitment to solar
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).
Source: Georgia Power agrees to major commitment to solar – Atlanta Business Chronicle
Q&A: How a Georgia Republican pushed his state forward on solar
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.
Source: Q&A: How a Georgia Republican pushed his state forward on solar | Southeast Energy News
Fort Benning unveils $75 million solar facility
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.
Source: Fort Benning unveils $75 million solar facility | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer