The City of Valdosta was named “Smart Energy Municipality of
the Year” by the
Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) on
Dec. 4, at an awards banquet held at the Georgia Tech Wardlaw
Building in Atlanta, Ga. The event recognized successful
individuals, businesses and municipalities who have shown dynamic
leadership over the past year in Georgia’s large and growing Smart
Sixty nominations were received collectively in the three
categories. In the municipality category, which includes cities,
counties and state government agencies, the City of Valdosta was one
of two finalists and the overall recipient of the award ” the
other finalist was the Georgia Department of Corrections.
She said on the telephone yesterday that
Georgia Power met with Valdosta City Manager Larry Hanson last week.
Georgia Power plans over next four years to change out all the streetlights
in Georgia, from high pressure sodium (or whatever they’re currently using)
to LED lighting.
She says that will be more efficient, and will provide more
light, with a better pattern of coverage.
Valdosta had already expressed interest, so they were one of the first
to join this LED streetlight program.
Council Tim Carroll says that City Manager Larry Hanson
announced at the City Council meeting Tuesday
that Valdosta will be converting all its streetlights to LEDs.
This conversion is at least partly funded through a pilot program
Apparently Georgia Power keeps the savings until they recoup the
Valdosta was one of only four or five cities in the state selected
for this program.
More detail when the approved minutes are available in two weeks.
One $7 billion nuclear plant like one of Georgia Power’s 1.2 GW
units would add a little over 1 percent of capacity. The bulb
solution would cost $60 billion, and around $36 billion two years
from now, and require only that consumers know how to screw in a
light bulb. Nuclear would cost $105 billion, probably more, and take