According to a thesis at Georgia Southern, hospitals are the most likely industry to form microgrids, and it’s not just New York State doing microgrids; even Alabama has one. South Georgia Medical Center plus VSU seems like a good microgrid opportunity. Put solar panels on the roofs, buy some Tesla Powerwalls for backup, experiment with some wind…. Maybe the Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority could help. And use the electricity bill money saved to fund public transportation!
Matthew S. Purser, Georgia Southern, Spring 2014, A Technical and Economic Feasibility Study of Implementing a Microgrid at Georgia Southern University.
Number 2 is military: Moody Air Force Base, which has to meet an aggressive DoD renewable energy target. Number 3 is government: put solar panels on the county palace and the City Hall parking lots, plus solar Lowndes High and Valdosta High School. Number four is utilities: Georgia Power is bragging on billboards about Giving You the Power to Go Solar. Sounds like a winning team for Winnersville!
Georgia is the fastest-growing solar market in the U.S. Some microgrid projects would make it grow even faster. And where’s the Sunshine State? Even Southern Company and Duke Energy are backing solar in Florida. How about some microgrids?