Three solar manufacturers in the nation have gone belly up in recent months because they can’t keep up with cheaper production in China. But Georgia solar companies are weathering the global market fluctuation favorably...some even benefiting from it.
Georgia Power says it wants to add 50 megawatts of solar energy to its system by 2015. Georgia Power Vice President Greg Roberts told a conference Monday that a proposal now before state utility regulators would expand the use of solar energy beyond the power company's existing program.
Two south Georgia counties are among seven sites being considered for construction of what would be the world’s largest solar farm. Sumter and Tatnall counties are in the running for a $1.4 billion, 400 megawatt project to be built by Florida-based National Solar Power. Four other sites are being considered in Florida, with one other in North Carolina.
A state utility regulator said he sees more room for solar power in Georgia. Public Service Commissioner Chuck Eaton told a conference Friday that he opposed solar energy five years ago because the price was too high. He said he changed his mind because the cost has fallen and the technology is more efficient.