One megawatt at DuPont and one megawatt at Valdosta’s Mud Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant: that’s two more megawatts of solar power coming to Valdosta and Lowndes County! This was revealed at the 16 April 2013 Board Meeting of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority.
Project Director Allan Ricketts was on a speaker phone, so Executive Director Andrea Schruijer gave the Existing Industry and Project Report. She thinks maybe three existing industry expansions in second and third quarter 2013. They’ve continued working with a pharmaceutical company about locating here; more on that later. Continued work with three renewable and sustainable energy companies, and Georgia Power is cooperating.
We did receive notification that two of those advanced solar initiatives have been approved by Georgia Power Company.
One of them is a megawatt solar expansion at DuPont. The other is a megawatt solar expansion at the City of Valdosta’s Mud Creek Wastewater Plant.
She didn’t mention that in most states such projects wouldn’t have to be approved for doled-out quotas by a power company.
Schruijer also talked about the Logistics Summit that Meghan Duke had described. Schruijer said it came about with the Community Business and Industry partnership with the Chamber of Commerce.
Another existing industry expansion opportunity, and an alternative fuel company, are both “coming along nicely”. Networking with state project managers, including GA Dept. of Econ. Dev., Georgia Power, Georgia EMC, and the railroads continues to get Requests for Information (RFIs) to stay in the game, including several RFIs recently received due to a presentation in Atlanta.
VLCIA worked with international companies connecting them with existing industries for export opportunities.
We are in competition for a logistics distribution facility for produce; looking at Westside Business Park. She added that acreage is in the report the board had. Col. Ricketts had nothing to add.
Here’s the video:
Two more megawatts of local solar power!
Regular Meeting, Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority (VLCIA),
Norman Bennett, Tom Call, Roy Copeland, Chairman, Mary Gooding, Jerry Jennett,, Andrea Schruijer, Executive Director, J. Stephen Gupton, Attorney, Tom Davis, CPA, Allan Ricketts, Project Manager,S. Meghan Duke, Public Relations & Marketing Manager, Lu Williams, Operations Manager,
Video by John S. Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE), Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 16 April 2013.