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As of 2012, Georgia is one of only 13 states that haven’t set any Renewable Portfolio Standards, which map out plans to increase green energy production in a cost-effective, administratively feasible way. Nevertheless, Georgia Power wants to increase solar production by more than three times. Their plans could increase long-term solar energy jobs with contractors, get more solar farms up, and more panels installed on residential roofs.
Georgia Power recently put in a proposal to the Georgia Public Service Commission to increase solar intake by 210 MW over the next three years. The proposal comes hot on the heels of one by Georgia Solar Utilities, which has plans to generate 2,000 MW–roughly 10 times more than Georgia Power. This would create more solar energy jobs and set the group up as a direct competitor of Georgia Power.
According to a report in the Georgia publication Savannah Now, officials at Georgia Power say their plan is “the largest solar initiative in state history.” The utility’s VP of Pricing and Planning said that if the plan is approved, Georgia Power would be on track to becoming the biggest solar provider of all “investor-owned utilities in the 13 states where renewable energy quotas aren’t mandated by law.”
Georgia Power’s proposal is encouraging, because the state hasn’t implemented any mandates regarding clean energy and associated energy jobs. Georgia Power is apparently being driven by the market, and the need to stay competitive.
Solar prices have dropped dramatically in recent years–some say as much as 75 percent. Affordability, in addition to enhanced efficiency, means solar farms could be developed in Georgia, creating hundreds of permanent energy jobs. Georgia Power also hopes to glean clean MWs from PV panels on homeowners’ roofs. This looks like a positive development for homeowners, contractors, energy jobs, and the long-term viability of the industry.
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