Georgia Power has launched a new consumer website as part of the company's solar energy initiatives. The site is intended to help business and residential consumers decide whether solar energy is "right for them," according to the company's Wednesday announcement.
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.
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.
Georgia Power has installed solar panels on top of power poles in Augusta, Columbus, Conley, Macon, Rome, Savannah and Valdosta. Date will be collected for 18 months. Information could help decide best solar locations.
Georgia has lagged behind other states in alternative energies like solar. But a new solar farm--the state’s biggest--is doubling Georgia Power’s use of solar electricity and positioning the state to catch-up in the green energy race.