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Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 9:22am

GA Getting Solar Power Study Money

Georgia is one of seven states getting federal money to study solar power. Proponents hope that money will be used for new research.

U.S. Energy officials will divvy up $150,000 between Georgia and the seven other states.

The aim is to determine what areas of those states are best suited for advancing solar power projects.

Michelle Conlon, a Georgia Solar Energy Association board member, said she is happy the state is getting the study money but that she hopes the Public Service Commission uses the funds to go beyond what the solar industry already knows—that there’s plenty of sun to harness in the state.

"We don’t want to see them say that we’re going to install a system and monitor data for the next year and see how the system performs. We just want to make sure we’re moving in the right direction," said Conlon.

Conlon says that includes expanding markets for solar power.

Last month the Georgia Public Service Commission voted to allow Georgia Power to buy more solar energy.

Some say that move will encourage consumers and companies to invest in solar equipment.

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