The Lowndes County Commission approved all items in four and a quarter minutes,
at its Regular Session a month ago, including reappointing Teri Lupo to the
Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority.
There were no other nominees.
Development Authority, Mutual Aid, and a road quit claim:
that’s all, on the lightest agenda in recent memory for the Lowndes County Commission Monday morning at 8:30 AM and voting Tuesday evening at 5:30 PM.
You can speak Tuesday in Citizens Wishing to be Heard.
Not on Valdosta’s online calendar yet,
but we got this email notice from City Council Tim Carroll,
indicating Valdosta wastewater is first on his list to discuss.
His number 4 about Internet speed and access is also of interest
throughout the county and beyond.
As are his other items.
I hope each and everyone of you are having a great start to 2019. As
we kick the year off, it is time to begin preparing for the cities
annual Mayor and Council retreat.
It will be held March 15 & 16 at the Women’s Building.
Solar power is here right now. Georgia is #10 in the nation (up from #22 in 2017)
by solar deployed (1,552.98 MW) and #7 in projected growth,
the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
That’s ahead of Florida, but still behind much farther north New Jersey and Massachusetts, which have less sun.
This year the Southern Company
annual report says increased energy revenues were “primarily due
to increases in renewable energy sales”, yet Southern Power is selling off
a third interest in its solar facilities.
Why? To pay off debt from its failed Big Bet on Plant Vogtle nukes,
and its new Big Bet on stranded assets in natural gas pipelines.
I don’t think the future lies that way, Tom Fanning, abandoning solar power
and getting in bed with Sabal Trail.
10AM Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The Lodge Conference Center at Callaway Gardens,
4500 Southern Pine Drive, Pine Mountain, Georgia 31822
Well, they spelled that wrong, as “Where are we now?”
Maybe for the video narrator from California who showed
a picture of lily pads when he said “River”.
But to be fair, this website and
the video from the Development Authority
VisionFirst whom Lowndes County paid $25,000,
presumably matching Valdosta,
also adopted by
does work hard to show a positive vision of the local area.
Oops, I forgot the hospital and the Chamber, and, most importantly,
Georgia Power, listed in the FAQ:
A few years ago,
a doctor in Valdosta applied for a variance
for solar panels over his parking lot.
The Zoning Board of Approvals (ZBOA) tabled it,
because Valdosta’s Land Development Regulations (LDR)
did not permit that.
I think he then made the panels connected to his building,
which put them a different and already-permitted category.
What if Valdosta and other local governments updated their codes
to enable parking lot and other solar power?
4-6PM Monday, March 12, 2018
National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Library (NESPAL)
2356 Rainwater Road, Tifton, GA 31793
“The Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, and University of Georgia have come together to develop a model solar zoning ordinance to provide county and city officials and other decision-makers in Georgia access to best practices and a common baseline from which to work. We will produce a comprehensive document that addresses multiple scales and types of solar energy systems that counties and cities can adopt and adapt to their needs.”