Gov. Nathan Deal says Georgia should be cautious as regulators consider whether to expand solar energy usage. Deal said Tuesday that he is wary of the government mandating what types of energy sources utilities use to meet demand. Public Service Commissioner Lauren "Bubba" McDonald wants a vote Thursday on a plan that would require Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power to use more solar power.
The solar industry in Georgia wants to force an electric monopoly to use more renewable energy. Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power is presenting its plans for meeting the state's energy needs over the next 20 years.
The competition to provide solar energy in the state is heating up. A company last week filed a proposal with the Public Service Commission to start an independent solar utility. GPB’s Ellen Reinhardt reports Georgia Power plans to submit its own solar proposal this week.
Three French solar-energy companies are exploring the potential Georgia market for their products this week. They see Georgia and the southeast United States as growth markets for residential solar power.
Georgia’s solar industry says an old state law is stifling Georgians’ access to the energy resource. And a push is on to get lawmakers to change it. The state’s 1973 Territorial Electric Service Act prohibits anyone from selling power—except to a utility. Utility companies say it’s a vital law to protect their infrastructure investment and ensure customer protection.
Georgia Power is taking bids for a project that will generate enough solar energy to power 20,000 homes. It’s the company’s largest solar undertaking. The Public Service Commission charged Georgia Power to expand its solar investment earlier this year.