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Your 2020 guide to getting solar panels for your home in Georgia

This page is a complete guide to the complicated and sometimes confusing process of installing solar panels on your Georgia home. Since there's a lot to consider, we've separated the page into sections to help you find what you are looking for. If you find this page useful, please share it with someone who might also find it interesting!

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** What's new for 2020 **

A last-minute rule change allows the next 5,000 homeowners who apply to get monthly net metering from Georgia Power. Unfortunately, they also affirmed the right of GP to revert to instantaneous net metering once those 5,000 folks get theirs, which is kinda silly. While we'd expect more from lawmakers here, two pro-solar candidates for the Public Service Commission were defeated by establishment candidates. While that certainly was a setback for more progressive home solar policy, there's still a compelling case to install solar on your home, as the returns are solid considering the level of sunshine blanketing the state over the year.

In 2020, we'd like to see a much stronger push and debate in the Georgia state capitol for an updated renewable portfolio standard. There is still hope, depending on where you live and how much your power company is willing to pay for the electricity from your panels. Read on to find out all about the ins and outs of policy, incentives, and investment returns for home solar power in Georgia.

Questions? Our network of solar experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page. You can get discounted on-grid pricing as low as $4,000/kW! This is paired with the Georgia solar incentives you see below.

What you'll find on this page:

The Solar Strategy section is focused on the 3 ways of paying for solar in Georgia, so you can decide which is best for you. We've created a tool that asks you a few questions and recommends whether you should pursue a solar lease, loan, or outright purchase. Then, we provide detailed analysis of how each works.

The Policy Information section contains all our latest research on the rules set by lawmakers and the Public Utilities Commission, which determine how easy it is to go solar in Georgia. These policies and rules govern everything from renewable energy mandates to interconnection, and have a huge effect on the viability of solar.

Finally, the Solar Incentives section includes information about money-back rebates and grants, tax credits, and tax exemptions for going solar in Georgia.

Click any of the boxes below to go to that section of the page, or scroll down to read the page in order.

Your Solar Strategy in Georgia

Figuring out the best way to go solar in Georgia can be a little daunting. From loans and leases to power-purchase agreements, there are a lot of options out there. To help you pick the one that might be best, we've created the handy decision tool below.

We'll ask you a few simple questions about you and your home. Once you're done, we'll recommend a good option. Further down this page, we provide cost estimates and example return-on-investment calculations for all the various options:

How should you pay for solar?

Use our decision tool to find out!

How to pay for solar panels in Georgia

The chart above shows the 25-year returns for an investment in solar whether you choose to purchase a system with cash or pay over time with a loan. As you can see, the purchase option leads to the highest dollar-amount returns over time, but it also requires a big up-front investment. Part of the reason for the big investment is that Georgia homeowners need a lot of energy to power the average home. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average Georgia home needs nearly 14,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, which costs the owners over $1,600.

That's a ton of power, and you need a pretty big home solar system to make it all. Trouble is, Georgia doesn't have amazing net metering rules, so you can't make your system too big, or you'll end up selling power back to the utility company for pennies on the dollar. We estimate the average home will need an 11.1-kW system, made up of thirty-four 325-watt panels. To pay for that bad boy, you'll need about $33,300, either in cash or a loan.

Speaking of a loan: if you take a solar loan or home equity line of credit (HELOC), you'll have to make payments over 15 years, but because of the unique way the federal solar tax credit is structured, you'll come out a few thousand ahead in year 1, and make payments on the principal while enjoying electric bill savings.

If you're ready to learn more about paying for home solar in Georgia, read on to learn more about each option.

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Option 1: Paying cash for solar

An outright purchase used to be the only way to get solar, and it's still the option that provides the best dollar-for-dollar returns. The reason it's so great is that you own the system from day one and reap all the benefits. The Federal tax credit and electricity savings bring your first-year costs down.

In our example, you put down $33,000 up front, but by the end of year 1, incentives and energy savings will erase a bunch of it. Over 25 years, your system will have produced nearly $11,000 in income.

Here’s how the numbers pencil out when you pay up front for an average-sized 11.1-kW rooftop solar system in Georgia:

  • Installing a typical 11.1-kW solar system should start at about $33,000. Don’t worry – even without rebates, your first-year costs will be considerably less than that.
  • Since the Feds calculate their incentive based on actual out of pocket costs, the lack of rebates means a bigger federal solar tax credit. Subtract $9,900 (30% of $33,000) for a new price of $23,100.
  • After the tax credit we subtract your first year’s energy payments from Georgia Power, which we estimate to be about $1,100. That reduces your cost to only $22,000.
  • Electricity is cheap in Georgia, which means your system will pay itself back pretty slowly; with initial payback after 18 years. Over its 25-year life, you'll see a total net profit of over $12,000, after the system pays for itself. That's an internal rate of return of 3.2%, meaning you might be better off putting your money in a retirment fund.
  • And don't forget... your home's value just increased by around $23,000, too (your cost after incentives)!
  • In addition to all that cash (and home value), you’ve created some green for the earth as well by not using electricity from fossil fuels. It's like planting 231 trees a year, every year your solar power system is humming. That's nothing to sneeze at!
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Georgia. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar panel system, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

Option 2: Using a loan to pay for solar

Oof, look at that chart. It starts out so promising, with the tax credit actually helping you turn a profit in year 1. But then your loan payments exceed your energy bill savings by so much, you end up $17k in the hole by the time the loan is paid off. Then you scrape up the savings for the last 10 years, ending up just barely breaking even. Read more about how it works below, and if you get quotes from solar installers, compare our cost numbers to theirs. If you can get a system for cheaper, the economix make so much more sense.

The reason a solar loan is supposed to work so well is that you don’t have to put any money down, but you still get all of the incentives that go along with buying solar. You'll get the 30% federal tax credit and the energy bill savings will start right away. The bad news is your loan payments will be higher than those energy bill savings, so you'll end up spending about $170/month for solar in the first year. That difference will come down each year as electricity prices rise, but your system will keep on producing about the same amount of electricity.

Here’s how the numbers pencil out for a Georgia solar purchase with a solar loan or HELOC:

  • Installing a typical 11.1-kW solar system should start at about $33,000. That's how big your loan will need to be.
  • Your electricity bill will be reduced to the tune of $1,100. But your loan payments will be $3,050, for a difference of $1,950 this year, or about $160 per month.
  • That's not so bad when you consider your tax savings for the year will be $9,900! You'll come out over $8,000 ahead in year 1, which should help ease the burden of loan payments for a few years, at least.
  • When your loan’s paid off in year 15, you’ll start see over $1,500 per year in savings until the end of your system’s life.
  • For our 25-year estimate, you'll end up almost breaking even again, at -$390. Again, if prices from Georgia Power rise faster or if your system cost is less, this could be proft.
  • And your children's future is going to look a little brighter, since your system will mean green for the environment. It'll be like planting 231 trees every year!
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Georgia. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar loan, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

Option 3: Buying the electricity, not the panels with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)

Georgia does not offer solar Power Purchase Agreements or leases. Perhaps it would be a good idea to contact a solar advocacy organization and ask them to fight for solar in your state!

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Georgia Solar Policy Information

Ever wonder why solar seems to be everywhere in some states, but not in others? We did too.

State legislatures and public utilities commissions can enact rules to make solar power accessible for everyone. Favorable rules explain why some of the cloudiest states—New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, are doing so well with solar, and yet some of those with the most natural solar resources—like Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia—are doing so poorly.

Below is important information about the public policy, rules, and economic reasons that affect your ability to go solar here in Georgia:

Georgia's Renewable Portfolio Standard

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Grade: F

Georgia's Renewable Portfolio Standard grade

A Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires utilities in the state to eventually source at least a certain percentage of their electricity from clean, renewable sources like solar panels. Unfortunately Georgia is one of a minority of states that has yet to pass any RPS. The legislature is missing a big opportunity to help safeguard your environment and save citizens money.

We see the same pattern all across the country. In states with renewable energy targets written into the law (and penalties for failing to meet those targets), the state and the utilities come together to offer strong incentives for residential solar power. In states that lack an RPS the landscape is far more murky. There might be the occasional tax credit or utility-specific performance incentive, but states that lack an RPS generally lack a cohesive policy to encourage renewable energy.

Bottom line: If we want a strong future for renewable energy here, we need a strong RPS—ASAP. Utility companies aren't really all that gung-ho about you producing your own power. After all, it costs them money when you use less of their electricity. They also naturally don’t want to give you big payments for energy you're feeding back into the grid. The main reason the utilities in other states are the transition to lower electric bills and offering incentives to put solar on homeowners’ roofs is because the states force them to. If the utilities don't hit their RPS numbers, they have to pay large fees back to the states. Not so in Georgia.

Learn more about Renewable Portfolio Standards

Georgia's Solar carve-out and SRECs

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Georgia's Solar Carve-out grade

The best states for solar mandate that a certain percentage of the RPS comes directly from solar energy. Without an RPS in Georgia, this is another area that falls short.

Learn more about Solar Carve-outs

Georgia Electricity Prices

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Georgia's Electricity cost grade

Electricity runs about 12 cents per kilowatt hour (“kWh”) here. That’s pretty low. In fact electricity here is nearly even with the national average.

Why do we pay so little for energy? Sadly it’s because our energy is backed by lots of earth-killing, non-renewable fossil fuels. The effects of all those fossil fuels are already starting to rear their ugly ozone-destroying heads. Not to mention the fact that the price of all those fossil fuels has been steadily climbing higher and higher. The price is only going to keep rising, and rising… and rising, and those shiny solar panels on your roof are going to look better, and better, and better.

Whatever you think of the environmental side of things, solar power will save you money. The price of electricity rises about 3.5% per year, meaning that solar will save you more every year. New government regulations and supply shortages will cause price increases going forward. People who switch to solar now will inevitably reap the benefits of that good decision-making for decades to come.

Find out why electricity prices matter

Georgia Net Metering

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Grade: B

Georgia's Net Metering grade

Net Metering requires your utility to monitor how much energy your solar power system produces and how much energy you actually consume, and make sure you get credit for the surplus.

Unfortunately that’s about all Georgia’s net metering law says. There are no safeguards to stop the utilities from springing unanticipated fees on you, a cap on residential systems that may not allow all customers to produce all of their energy needs and still take advantage of net metering, and a woefully small aggregate capacity limit.

The aggregate capacity limit is essentially a limit on the number of people that can hook up to one grid to take advantage of net metering. Georgia’s aggregate capacity limit for net metering is currently only 0.2% of the total circuit load. We won’t bore you with the technical details; sufficed to say, that’s low. Real low. If many of your neighbors are already producing their own power, you may find yourself waiting for space on the grid because of the draconian standards the state has set.

We still give Georgia a B in this area, because the current climate for net metering is good. Even without state regulations, the utility companies are buying solar power from homeowners.

Learn more about net metering

Georgia Interconnection Rules

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Grade: D

Georgia's Interconnection Standards grade

Georgia sadly also lacks any regulations preventing utilities from requiring redundant external disconnect switches or separate liability insurance that can unnecessarily cost residential customers money. Nor do the net metering and interconnection laws contain any safe harbor language to protect customers from unexpected fees sprung on them by the utilities.

The state gets a "D" in this area, because of Georgia Power's current interconnection policies, but without some action from the state to solidify some good poilcies going forward, we can't give a better grade here.

Learn more about solar interconnection rules

Georgia Solar Incentives

Next to high electricity prices and net metering, solar incentives have traditionally been the most important factor for whether home solar power makes financial sense in a state. In the past, some states with otherwise lousy policy had tremendous incentives that drove down the up-front cost of going solar so much that homeowners could save oodles of money even without net metering or a good RPS.

These days, the big incentive most people can get is the Federal Solar Tax Credit that earns you 26% of your total system costs back after just 1 year. State incentives play less of a role than in the past, but some really good ones are still out there, ready to help homeowners go solar and save money before you know it.

Let's see how Georgia measures up:

The availability of state solar incentives for residential solar systems was sourced from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, utility company websites, and the state public utility commission.

Georgia Solar Power Rebates

Varies

Grade: D

Georgia's Solar Rebates grade

Georgia lacks any statewide solar power rebate program. A few small utilities offer rebates, but the payments are fairly meager compared to some that we’ve seen. Let’s take a look at the rebates available:

Utility NameRebate AmountRebate Cap
Central Georgia EMC$450/kW$4,500
GreyStone Power$450/kW$4,500
Greystone Power$450/kW$4,500
Jackson EMC$450/kW$4,500

Sadly, for the many Georgia residents who use Georgia Power, there isn’t any rebate available. The numbers above are current as of 2014, but are subject to change. Our qualified local installer partners can help you navigate the process, including applying for rebates for you. Why not sign up for personalized assistance and see what kinds of incentives are available to you?

Learn more about solar rebates

Georgia Solar Tax Credits

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Grade: F

Georgia's Solar Tax Credits grade

Georgia used to have a good solar tax credit for homeowners switching to clean solar power. The program offered a credit of up to 35% of the total installation cost, up to a maximum of $10,500. That was on par with a number of states with a strong RPS. Unfortunately, however, the program ran out of funding. Now, the only solar tax credit Georgia residents can take is the Federal Solar Tax Credit. Here’s hoping that soon, Georgia can come through with a new tax credit.

Learn more about state solar tax credits

Property Tax Exemption

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Grade: F

Georgia's Solar Property Tax Exemptions grade

Even worse is the missing property tax exemption. When you install a solar power system you save money on your monthly electric bill. The savings in electricity costs translates into a boost in your home’s value. Sadly that still means an increase in property taxes here. Georgia needs to get on board with so many other states that have already done away with that albatross on residential solar power.

Sales Tax Exemption

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Grade: F

Georgia's Solar Sales Tax Exemption grade

Georgia also lacks solar sales tax exemptions. Tax exemptions are a simple and effective way to incentivize solar power. Sales tax is 4% here, meaning a sales tax exemption would save you 4% on the purchase of your solar power system.

Learn more about tax exemptions for solar

Low-income Solar Programs

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Grade: F

Georgia's Solar Sales Tax Exemption grade Learn more about low-income solar programs available in the U.S.

The consensus on Georgia solar power rebates and incentives

So, what’s the bottom line? We said at the outset that Georgia is lacking in a number of important areas. In particular we really want to see a strong RPS here to keep the utilities and the politicians from continuing to get free passes while we burn more and more fossil fuels.

Sadly, Georgia no longer has the 35% state tax credit, which we’d love to see come back. With the state tax credit, the payback time was significantly shorter. The Peach State is only worthy of a failing grade for now, but with a statewide rebate program and better tax incentive package, sunny Georgia could take its rightful place among the best states for solar.

Again, if you are confused about how these numbers work and would like some personalized assistance or a quote of your own, simply connect with our network of solar experts. They’ll help sort out all the pricing, get you access to special deals, and they’re super friendly to boot!

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If you do an installation that connects with Georgia Power, be careful of the meter that they put on to your house. The meter that I have is blocking my ability to find out how much power is being pumped into the grid.

In August 2019, I had a 4.8 kilowatt grid tie system installed. In October, Georgia Power swapped out the meter and I have not been able to read it’s our power reading since.

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J A

Here is my experience living in Georgia: I bought a 22 panel system from Hannah Solar in 2016 that cost a bit under $21,000. I now use between 38-47% of the solar power generated by my house annually (varies by year). Between what I save by using my own power (kWh x Georgia Power’s price per kWh) and the Earned Distribution Credit from the power I sell back to Georgia Power, I save/earn an average of $570/year. I got a $6200 Federal tax credit on my 2016 taxes. Based on more than 3 years of records, I calculate it will… Read more »

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Harvard University is creating a program to spray the skys in the stratosphere with UV blocking chemicals.

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Ok, uh… I… do you have a source for that?

Taylor
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I just read where a company from California, First Solar, is installing a 2,000 acre plant producing 200MW in Twiggs county, Ga. Construction is planned to begin in Nov, 2018. This installation is part of a new deal where The Public Service Commission required Georgia Power to add 525 MW of solar energy to their portfolio. Since Georgia Power is basically having to invest in solar, do you think this may be good news for Georgia’s inferior solar incentives? “We are committed to working with the Georgia Public Service Commission to create programs, like REDI, that help grow renewable energy… Read more »

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Hey Taylor-

Unfortunately this installation—and the broader REDI program—is aimed at large-scale solar like the 200MW plant that will be built by First Solar. Georgia Power is interested in expanding its utility-scale installed base of solar to lock in low costs for solar energy. And while more solar is great, in that it will produce inexpensive, clean electricity for decades to come and replace dirty coal and gas plants, it won’t specifically benefit anyone who isn’t a Georgia Power shareholder.

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Joe Walsh

Georgia Power lobbiest have the major shareholders interest. They do not want solar power they would rather build a nuclear power plant then have residential users install solar panel with energy saving incentives. If this was not true then why do they charge a connection fee to those whom have installed solar systems? Money mongers!!!!!

Ben Zientara
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Hey Joe, You’re not wrong. Georgia Power would rather keep hold of the reins of their centralized power generation, transmission and distribution network. Georgia’s Public Services commission did just do a very good thing in allowing the next 5,000 residential solar owners get monthly net metering, which allows you to get full credit for the power generated by your panels up to your total monthly usage. Before this decision, GP used “instantaneous metering,” which only gave you a fraction of the credit for excess power sent back to the utility. It’s not the best solution, in our opinion, but it… Read more »

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Blame the crooked polititians in Atlanta. They thrive on keeping the residents paying for every service possible that is normally provided with your paid taxes in other states? The big money of GA Power lobbyists keeps them in control of their customers.

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Esther Dickinson Jones

The local utility in Camilla, GA charge us a monthly fee of $93 over & above the normal usage because they say they can & as far as I can see they are charging an ILLEGAL FEE.

Tim
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Tim

I think you should revise this very useful article, it’s one of the first Google hits when researching solar energy in Georgia. The key number in this article is the initial cost of the system of a 5Kw system and you assume that such a system will cost 20K. I think that number is highly inflated. A pallet of 20 Solar Panels at 300 watts each costs around $5670. An SMA string inverter with 6200 watts capacity costs around $2500, the inverter has an integrated fuse box and DC disconnect. An AC disconnect is less $100. The mounting hardware is… Read more »

Philip
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Philip

Let me get this right. Georgia ONLY has the federal tax credit if Im on Georgia Power? No state tax incentives?

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Very informative article post.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic.

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I just installed a 6.9KW system on my home this last week. Applied to get on the waiting list for the “Georgia Clean Energy Tax Credit”. I suspect it is a long shot and I will never see that money. Sad because I wrote to Representative Mark Hamilton which lives by me and also sits on the state energy committee for Solar energy and never received a response. Our elected officials in Georgia do not seem to be interested in generating clean energy jobs here in the state.

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Jim

I live in Towns County, GA, served by TVA through Blue Ridge Mountain EMC. Please run out a payback example for someone in a TVA service area.

What do you know about local restrictions in Towns County on PV panels, such as “must not be visible to the public”, etc. Thanks!

CT
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CT

Great article. Can you tell me how to figure the valve an installed system adds to ones home value?

CT
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CT

Great article. Couple of questions. Where did you get the Home Value figure from? I’d like to know how to valve the system I have installed at my home here in Savannah. Next, who can we contact to start pushing for reinstatement of the Georgia tax credits?

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James Christopher Desmond

I installed a 10 Kilowatt (10KW), grid-tied, Solar PV system atop my Gillis Springs, GA home at the end of September, 2010. I copped 65% in tax credits (30% federal, 35% state), though it took me 30 hours of time and two years to fully collect Georgia’s credit — due to the state’s mismanagement of that program. A 10KW system in Central Georgia will produce about the amount of power that a family of four consumes in a year: 10,000-12,000 Kilowatt-Hours (KWH). I “barn-raised” my array in a no-permit (no codes at all, not even zoning) county but met if… Read more »

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Hi,
I have been in the Solar/Wind/Conservation Industry for 8 years now. I have just came across this website and VERY much impressed with our worldwide interest in Renewable Energy. Folks it’s the future, Our company has so many products I couldn’t even them all, from Solar PV Attic fans to Solar PV hot water heaters to going to Net Metering to large wind turbines. Please do your family, environment and our children a great service by at least checking my company or any other reputable renewable energy company out.

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Hello Solar power rocks….why hasnt anyone spoken about a company that has the patent on increasing the efficiency of a solar panel by 40%. We all know that even a 2% increase is considered outstanding. This company’s device allows for solar panels to track the sun all day and when you compare this to 99.9% of all solar panels that are stationary and only enjoy 30 minutes at most of direct sunlight, its amazing that this hasnt been talked about before….i know that the announcement says dont make it spammy or to tout our own business…..but every installer and homeowner… Read more »

Roger Jackson
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Roger Jackson

Hi, I have just come across your website and find it interesting re solar panels in Georgia (AMERICA)…we live in Australia …Queensland..we installed in July 2011 a 10KW 52 panel system…German SMA inverter and 220 watt panels..(total cost was $32,500 Australia dollars)..our electric company charges us 22.5cents per Kilowatt….we have back to grid….our bills used to be $1,200 Australia dollars per 3 months and now we are getting a credit of $1,300 per 3 months…..so all electric is now free…(we have a large 4,500 square foot house)…total product is 5 year warranty for the inverter….25 year warranty for the panels.… Read more »

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My name is Ja8#%@ Bor*%. I want TO HELP GA FOLKS LIKE ME AND MY WIFE KNOW WHATS HAPPENING HERE AS OF THIS WEEK, AWESOME STUFF , I am a telemarketer for a GA owned SOLAR PV Panel manufacturer/installer.I sell “homegrown power lol” Im saying this upfront(to:webmaster friend) because I love THIS SITE I absolute LOVE SOLAR and I want to ROCK MY TAKE on the PRESENT GA SOLAR SITUATION, SO don’t Block me cause I work for the type of company that you promote just because you don’t know who I work for, no names. OK AWESOME . So… Read more »

Todd
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Todd

do diy project qualify?

Glena Bailey
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Glena Bailey

I live in the south Georgia area, is it possible to get solar panels installed on something as small as a mobile home? Can you direct me to a certified installer.
Thanks

Anthony
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Anthony

I installed Solar Panels on my home in November of 2010. When we completed the install process, we were advised, to submit our application for the GA Tax Credit in 2010, knowing that we would be denied, and then resubmit on Jan. 3, 2011. We followed all the steps necessary to receive the tax credit. I received a letter from the GA Department of Revenue stating that a portion of my requested costs have been denied because the credit cap has been reached for 2011, and that I cannot reapply for these denied costs in 2012. When I contacted the… Read more »

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Sophia

Many people have asked where they can learn solar installation. I do not see any answers to this. Is this site allowed to say. If not, could you kindly refer us to another site where we can find out where there is teaching and training in this field. I’d so appreciate it. Thank you.

Lonnie
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Lonnie

I am a homeowner looking to connect with a proven installer in the Columbus, GA area. Is there such a company? I saw a 20+ year old system work in Michigan, and was impressed.

j neal
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j neal

i’m looking for training and certification in solar installations where do i find it in georgia..help

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I own Us Power Solutions here in Atlanata! I found your site and am so stoked aboit it!! Check out my website
HelpMeSaveGreen.com We are trying every day to help atlantans GO Solar afterall it was called the HOTLANTA for awhile its so much potential here !We install 1k to 10 k systems as well as insyall Silver sheild insu;lation (radiant barrier and foam) top lower bills ! Please contact me so we Can be listed on your site as an installer ! Thanks Andy Moore

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On October 2nd, Georgia Solar Energy Association is hosting the National Solar Tour in Georgia, and we would like for your to be a part of it! Sites all around the state will host the open house designed to educate our state about solar energy and solar solutions. We hope for your participation this year. Please sign up a site by visiting: http://www.gasolar.org/sign_up_my_site.php Solar listings are free, we only ask that you be a GA Solar member. Attendance on the tour is also free, but this year we are offering a $25 guided tour in metro Atlanta, if you so… Read more »

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I’m so pleased that I found this blog about Enviro/Sustaining Our World. We used a really good company outside of Atlanta. Here is that link to their site. I do wish more and more people would turn to green. I also wish the government would make it mandatory.. instead of just giving incentives. Maybe then we could really sustain our world.EcoMech Geothermal & Solar I added your blog to my favorites!! Thanks for being so informative on the net!

J Barnes
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J Barnes

I live in Oglethorpe County and receive power from Rayle EMC. I am looking at a grid-tie system with net metering. I built our home with the back facing south for future solar applications. I did not see that Rayle EMC participated in net metering or the buy back program? Are all power companies in GA reqrired to, or am I out of luck? Thanks JB

Russ
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Russ

Interesting article – what is being done in Georgia to remove the blocking of PPA’s? PPA’s are great at reducing or removing the up-front costs and allowing a nice steady cost structure that can meet or beat the current utility prices…but an old law in Georgia makes them impossible. Any movement?

Ronald Monty
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Ronald Monty

I was contemplating a solar electric system on my house in Stockbridge, GA.

Nothing is being said about what the annual maintenance of these systems would be or what needs to be done.

Georgia solar installer
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Georgia solar installer

I just wanted to thank you for providing this website and the great resources it provides. As a solar installer in Georgia, I have received a tremendous amount of information from this site that I’m able to pass along to my clients.

One of the best resources I’ve seen is the DSIRE website…for whatever reason, I can no longer access the site. Does anyone know what the problem is?

Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"
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Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"

Thanks for the shout out.

http://www.dsireusa.org/solar is a tremendous resource for rebate information for every state and utility. I think it was down for some reason yesterday, but it seems to be working now.

Thanks for commenting.

Shana Haygood, Director of Sales
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Shana Haygood, Director of Sales

Dave,

Great idea! The short answer is: it depends on quite a few variables.

We would have to discuss your particular situation more deeply. If you would like to send me an email, you can click on my name above and fill out the form at the bottom of my webpage. I will post relevant answers to the blog as a follow-up.

Oh! And we just commissioned the largest commercial array in the state! Check it out! http://u-renew.com/news/?p=99

Dave
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Dave

Shana – I want to try and get my local school to install a large rooftop system. Would it qualify for fed and state credits? What would the school be credited for each kW of power it created? Could it be set up so the school saves money on a monthly basis while paying off the loan for the panels? Finally, if the whole school district did it, could they qualify as a carbon offset and get some polluting company to pay off their loans? Thanks Dave

d baker
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d baker

i have 11 solar panels and other equiptment
but not yet installed, equal to 1800 watts and a small wind jenny that is 24 volts at 30 amps max,720 watts, but its only useful in fall winter and spring.
what kind of rebate could i expect?
both also divert to heat hot water as well?

Rich
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Rich

Shana,
I would like to know if there are any employment opportunities in North Georgia in this emerging field. I am a Professional Commercial Driver looking for a change and would like to get into this field. Any information or direction would be appreciated.
Thanks.

Daniel Nelson
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Daniel Nelson

I am a Licensed contractor here in Ga. we are in the process of starting a solar installation and consulting company starting in January of 2010. I was looking to see what steps we would need to take to become a partner with your orginization or to be on your referral list. Thanks again for all your information.

Daniel N
Suntek Solar Solutions

Patrick
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Patrick

Hi – I’m a little confused by business install option you presented above. If I install say a 1 Megawatt solar farm with the intention of selling all the power to GA power – they will pay a nego rate per KWH? Do they pay for this in the form of a check each month based on prior moths meter readings? If so, how much with GA power currently pay per KWH? Can you give me specific details to something like this or a resource I can review. Thanks!!

Shana Haygood, Director of Sales
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Shana Haygood, Director of Sales

Cindy, You can visit the following url: https://etax.dor.ga.gov/ and scroll down to “News & Press Releases”. There, you will find a link to “HB670 Clean Energy Property and Wood Residuals Tax Credit”. Please click on that link for the current report of pre-approved and available funds. Please keep in mind that this information is subject to a minor delay, as it is not an actual reflection of the applications received to date, only the funds that have been pre-approved at time of publication.

Cindy Hamlin
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Cindy Hamlin

Shana –
I am interested in how much of the annual 2.5 million Georgia tax incentive has been used to date. Where do you find the information?

Shana Haygood, Director of Sales
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Shana Haygood, Director of Sales

Now is the time to start planning for the National Solar Tour & Festival, sponsored by your local ASES chapter. On October 3rd, solar sites all across Georgia and the nation will be opening their doors to speak to visitors about the solar on their roof. Please visit http://www.gasolar.org/georgiasolartour.html for more details. This is your chance to learn firsthand about solar from actual owners. Maps, ASES memberships and virtual tours will be available online with the purchase of a ticket. Come out to learn, explore and have some fun!

Steve
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Steve

Hi,

We are a reputable solar company (or so we try) here in Georgia and want to get the word out about our business and become a listed solar professional with your site. Let me know what we can do to get on the list, or how we can help your subscribers.

I’ll keep an eye on your posts and try to be a resource for people inquiring.

Thanks,
Steve Chiariello
Inman Solar
404 502 1915

Steve Fortuna
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Steve Fortuna

NABCEP certification training coming to Georgia. Starting January, 2010 Lanier Technical College in Alpharetta will be offering an 8 week PV Installation class preparing students for the NABCEP BASIC PV certification exam. Long-time solar pro Will Silva is on the faculty.
More info at http://laniertech.edu

Shana Haygood, Director of Sales
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Shana Haygood, Director of Sales

J.G. depending on the size of the solar array: an licensed electrician is required at minimum. Every city differs in their requirements, so please check with your local authority. NABCEP certification is what we recommend when choosing an installer. It is a voluntary certification that ensures your installer has the requisite experience, standards and skill to properly install solar PV. http://www.nabcep.org/

J.G.
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J.G.

Does anyone know what the licensing and permitting requirements are for GA? I called the licensing board and they referred me here.

Shana Haygood, Director of Sales
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Shana Haygood, Director of Sales

Many people are curious about the news that the PSC has raised the GA Power (17.74 cent) feed-in tariff cap to 1.5MW. This is true, the PSC has given GA Power permission to increase their cap, but GA Power has not yet released the actual numbers. Please sign the petition below to encourage GA Power to keep with their support of renewable energy in the South!
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/gge-tariff-wattage-increase

Shana Haygood, Director of Sales
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Shana Haygood, Director of Sales

Mr. Clayton,
Typically, most solar installations in Georiga are for existing utility customers who wish to cover a portion of their own power bill. In order to install a power producing farm with GA Power, you would be required to negotiate with them directly. GA Power does not have an established rate for individuals interested in supplying their grid with renewable energy. However, we can assist you with a strategy for your project.

D.Clayton
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D.Clayton

I am wanting to set up a 500kw solar farm. What can I expect as far as incentives for this type of system? What would Ga Power pay me per KW. Many solar panels in a field tied directly to the grid.

Shana Haygood, Director of Sales
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Shana Haygood, Director of Sales

The rate for the GA Power feed-in tariff is 17.74 cents. They have reached their statewide limit of 500 kW for this program, but are accepting applications to receive this rate when more funding is available. http://www.u-renew.com/pdf/GA_Power_Waiting_List.pdf This program is presently set at a net metering rate. This means that up to your power bill total dollars for the year, they will credit you whatever you pay them per kWh: which is 9+ cents for most residences. Net metering is the standard minimum in the state of Georgia. Several states do not even offer this. The 4-5 cents is the… Read more »

Dan Hahn
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Dan Hahn

Shana,

Thank you again for your continued presence on our comment threads. We’re sure all our readers have gleaned a lot from you.

Cheers,

– Dan

Jeff
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Jeff

What GA Power doesn’t tell you is that they have a cutoff for their buyback program. Once they reach a certain kW limit on systems enrolled in the buyback program, they stop buying back the FREE ELECTRICITY THEY GET from you. I think you get about $.04 for every kWh you produce as opposed to $.18 when enrolled in the buyback program. GA Power is the greediest, most antiquated power company in the country. Your providing free electricity to the grid i.e. increasing their profits, yet they are unwilling to compensate you for that. Just another backwards policy in GA… Read more »

Shana Haygood, Director of Sales
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Shana Haygood, Director of Sales

We have received several inquiries about the availability of Suniva solar panels. Suniva, Inc. is a Norcross GA based cell manufacturer. United Renewable Energy now offers URE brand panels “Powered by Suniva.” These panels are over 95% Georgia content. Georgia is certainly a wonderful state for solar these days!

Shana Haygood, Director of Sales
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Shana Haygood, Director of Sales

Ron, We are Georgia’s leading Photovoltaic Installation and Integration company. We do everything PV from consulting to installs. Please visit our website, and feel free to send us an email as I try to reserve this forum for information sharing. We are here to help. Thank you!

Ron Lucas
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Ron Lucas

I’m a builder here in Columbus GA and have an upcoming residential project coming up. Shana is your company a service type company who sells and installs solar or are you more of a consulting and info company?

Shana Haygood, Director of Sales
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Shana Haygood, Director of Sales

In response to TR’s inquiry: you are correct, the $2000 federal cap has been lifted for residential solar installations. Generally, it is the state based policies that have the greater impact on payback. The state of Georgia retains the $10,500 cap on their 35% credit, and few utilities offer any production based incentives. GA Power offers an excellent feed-in tariff, as do some smaller EMC’s (but not many). Please keep in mind that accepting these tariffs generally means that you do not keep the Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). This varies by utility, and is important to businesses/individuals who are interested… Read more »

K. W.
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K. W.

what school teaches solar installation in atlanta area or ga or fl? does florida
solar energy center course qualify a
electrical contractor to do solar installations in ga?

T R
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T R

I don’t think this is being publicized well enough, or I’m misunderstanding. I believe the Federal Credit $2,000 cap was removed in October 2008 under the Economic Stabilization Bill. Economic Stabilization Bill Includes Clean Energy Tax Incentives
. Does anyone have new information an what this translates to in payback period and installation costs.

Shana Haygood, Director of Sales
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Shana Haygood, Director of Sales

Mr. Moreno, many people who are presently refinancing their homes are finding that they can work the cost of a solar array into the refinance, and then get a large portion of that money back in a tax credit! It is an excellent way to make solar accessible to everyone. You are correct, though: the current incentives favor commercial installations.

Pedro Moreno
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Pedro Moreno

Great blog, I’m very interested in solar energy the only problem is that is not yet affordable for the middle income family, I’m looking for an investor to start up a solar module assembly line here in Atlanta GA to bring down the pW per panel.

Shana Haygood, Director of Sales
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Shana Haygood, Director of Sales

Mr Stubbs, you may wish to inquire about what other States are doing with Renewable Portfolio Standards at http://www.dsireusa.org in their maps section. Once Georgia adopts a standard for renewables, you will see an increase in utility participation. Please become involved with Georgia Solar Energy Association at http://www.gasolar.us/ to assist in encouraging our wonderful state to continue in its development of sustainable policy.

Ms. Ferguson
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Ms. Ferguson

I want to work in the solar power industry so I can learn the basics and get more informed about utilizing solar energy. If there is anyone who is interested in hiring a ready to learn, adaptable to any environment, skillful, full of energy and ready to inform people about the benefits of solar power. Please contact me at [email protected]

Michael Stubbs
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Michael Stubbs

In relation to Georgia. Walton EMC only pays 3 cents per KWH. This is the problem with Georgia from energy provider to provider. We need regulation that ensures that the electrical company is fair where the extra power going back into the grid is concerned. I pay 17 cents per KWH and they pay me 3 cents for the extra power I generate which goes back into the grid for resale at the higher rate I’m sure. where’s the fairness in this?

Shana Haygood, Director of Sales
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Shana Haygood, Director of Sales

Our GEFA contact has published the final tax credit allotment for 2008. Credits in the amount of approximately $950,218 were issued for all renewables in the state. This is fantastic news! It seems that Georgia has demonstrated not only an interest, but huge support for the renewable energy community.

Applications are coming in to GEFA slower than anticipated in 2009, so there are still excellent opportunities for the tax credits. Please visit our site for more details. http://www.u-renew.com

I am happy to answer any questions you may have!

Shana Haygood, Director of Sales
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Shana Haygood, Director of Sales

The remaining $2 Million will not roll over into next year. On January 1, 2009 it will reset to another $2.5M.

http://www.u-renew.com

C.A.
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C.A.

So, what does that mean for the other $2 Million left on the table?

Shana Haygood, Director of Sales
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Shana Haygood, Director of Sales

Just an update on the tax credits: The GA State Tax Credit has approved $500,000 out of the $2.5M available for this year. Businesses that are interested in taking advantage of the 2008 accelerated MACRS depreciation are encouraged to install this year. Residential customers are best served to order their arrays this year, but to install in early Q1 2009. This will take best advantage of the expanded federal credit, and give you the best chance at the state credit.
Contact us for details! We are always happy to answer questions.

sam dilworth
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sam dilworth

looking to start a sloar panel sales and service business in ga please give me some good info on getting started also some do’s and don’t and any info you can give will be used to help me get in the door

David Llorens
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David Llorens

Phil, are you referring to the federal investment tax credit? You can email me directly, dave at solarpowerrocks.com

PHIL ALDRIDGE
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PHIL ALDRIDGE

DOES ANYONE KNOW IF SOLAR POWER SYSTEMS INSTALLED PRIOR TO JULY 2008 WILL BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR THE RESIDENTIAL TAX CREDIT ?
WILL IT BE NECESSARY TO ADD TO MY SYSTEM TO RECEIVE THE TAX CREDIT. BY THE WAY, I HAVE AN OFF GRID SYSTEM THAT HAS BEEN PERFORMING BEAUTIFULLY FOR ABOUT FIVE YEARS NOW.

Sean Hackett
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Sean Hackett

Regarding the tax credits, If you plan on taking the federal credit (deadline: Dec.’08)and the state credit, you must apply the federal credit first. Then you apply the state credit to the adjusted cost. You cannot just add the 30% fed and the 35% state and assume you will get a 65% credit. I think it ends up being a total credit of ~52%. Also, for solar thermal (water/space heating) systems, make sure the solar panels are SRCC or FSEC rated. These are rating agencies that certify solar thermal collectors. You can also visit the SRCC website to view different… Read more »

Shana Haygood, Director of Sales
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Shana Haygood, Director of Sales

We at United Renewable Energy are proud to announce that one of our residential installations was the FIRST to be approved for the state tax credit by the Department of Revenue! As of this week, they have only approved $30,000 of the $2.5M slated for this year. Since there is the potential for a great deal of uncertainty surrounding what needs to be done to set up solar, we offer assistance in navigating the tax credits and utility interconnection agreements, as well as offering an excellent and dependable service. While we specialize in commercial installations of 20 kW or more,… Read more »

Tommy Bruce
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Tommy Bruce

I am a General contractor.I want to become a solar instaler. I want to find a way to make it afordable for everyone,and go into mass production with it. can you help me.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

email me bro [email protected]. i’m looking for the same info

Dick Ryser
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Dick Ryser

power is good

Mike Lambertson
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Mike Lambertson

Atlantic-Pacific Railroad owned the terminal and the tracks, that is where the name originated.

Nicholas
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Nicholas

Any one know where i can find a list of power company’s who do the buyback program here in ga. Trying to do some research.

Marc Karasek
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Marc Karasek

Yes, I was curious too how out west a system can be put in for $22K while here the quotes I have seen are for 2x that. Even with the Tax incentive this still does not make it affordable. A 60+ year payback, ($500 year savings x 60 = $30K). The numbers Carson quoted for Colorado of sub 10K would make it a lot better. (Payback is less than 20 Years at $500 per).

Carson Matthews
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Carson Matthews

I was just in Colorado for the EcoBroker Conference and a solar provider broke it down like this:
$22,000 for system install
$13,500 rebate from Xcel Energy
$2,000 Federal incentive

That brings it down to just over $7,000 for the system which is so affordable. What’s the disconnect here? In Colorado it’s not a state incentive, it’s a requirement of the energy company to provide energy from alternative sources which comes in the way of rebates to customers supplying the energy from their homes. Is there anything like this going on in Georgia?

Thanks, Carson Matthews
http://www.TheBuckheadBlog.com

Jeff S
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Jeff S
T Foor
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T Foor

i’m looking for a solar energy trade show in the north ga area…know of any good ones?

butch deb logan
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butch deb logan

butch and deb logan, to james wolfe.
we live in ga not too far from jesup we are interested in some solar power info.
any type of appliance or realistic info. really it is there for the use, why not take advantage of it.

Max David Rogers
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Max David Rogers

Check out Southface.org for more Ga solar installations

james wolfe
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james wolfe

hello my name is james wolfe and i live in jesup ga. the reason for my comment is to say that i have a few ideas that might work for making energy, i have plenty of ideas but dont have the funds to put them together, i thought maybe you could send me some sources that maybe would point me in the right direction. sometimes i set up all night thinking about what i have out in the barn that i can use to make energy without having to use fuel, ive even blueprinted some of these ideas, i just… Read more »

Eric Brock
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Eric Brock

When did you last update Georgia’s rating?

David Llorens
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David Llorens

Couple weeks ago. Did something happen? I’ll check it out

GeorgiaBoy
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GeorgiaBoy

The Georgia Public Service Commission required GA Power to add 525MW of solar energy to its portfolio by 2016. Big first steps

Hiromi Tsuboi
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Hiromi Tsuboi

The name of “Atlanta” is a short form of “Atlantica-pacifica”, your article says.
Why the name “Atlantica-Pacifica” is suggested for this city ?
What is the meaning of “Atlantica-Pacifica” in this case ?

I appreciate it very much if you can explain it to me.

Thank you

Hiromi Tsuboi

David Llorens
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David Llorens

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta,_Georgia

“After a few renames, the Chief Engineer of the Georgia Railroad, J. Edgar Thomson, suggested that the area be renamed “Atlantica-Pacifica”, which was quickly shortened to “Atlanta””

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