PSC Chair Lauren McDonald said he wanted Georgia Power to
“come up with options in the next 30 days for expanding the tiny amount of electricity generated from solar power”.
PSC Commissioner Chuck Eaton
said “Solar is great for diversity, independence, research, and business,”
and added that until recently he had discounted solar, but now he had seen it.
And it turns out that Friday
PSC Commissioner Tim Echols
wrote an op-ed saying
It wasn’t until I entered the training room of Mage Solar in Dublin
and saw 40 subcontractors in their solar academy that I got it. The
growing solar industry is not just about funky collectors on a roof or
left-leaning environmentalists who hate fossil fuel. It is about skilled
jobs in manufacturing and construction, about economic development in
Georgia, about consumers saving money on their power bill so they can
spend it somewhere else, and about empowering people to essentially
create their own power plant. This could eventually be big.
Germany is a world leader in solar and other renewable energy because
it decided to do it and provided incentives.
Nuri Demirdoven of McKinsey & Company said at the
Southern Solar Summit
that in the U.S. southeast
there is not currently enough demand to see solar become widespread
before 2020: unless incentives are provided.
Distributed solar is in a better position due to no need for distribution,
About incentives, he asked:
“Why not Georgia?”
He recommends taking advantages of our strengths in this region.
We may not have a lot of demand yet, but we have two solar
manufacturers in Georgia, and increasing interest in incentives by
Overall solar works, and is an economic development engine.
But the question is what are the commitments you are willing to make,
in understanding your strengths, and picking one or two goals.
He cited TVA as an example of an organization that has done that
and is moving ahead.
He recommended making a business case for solar in Georgia.
Many of the other speakers are busily doing various pieces of that.
LOWNDES COUNTY — The Lowndes County Commission heard a presentation
Tuesday evening from Glenn Thomson, Alston & Bird LLP regarding a bond
issue the County has entered into for the purpose of providing needed
funding for the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority.
After the presentation, a vote was taken accepting the issue and Lowndes
County Commission Chairman Rod Casey,
County Attorney Walter Elliott and
County Clerk Paige Dukes adjourned to an adjoining chamber to complete
the signing of the documents that will enable the Industrial Authority
to negotiate for the acquisition of property pursuant to their mission
of attracting manufacturing and other businesses to Lowndes County.
Bond Counsel, Glenn Thomson, stated, “Mr. Chairman and Commission, I
would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your time and brag
on your staff and consultants. Your staff put this transaction together
very quickly. In fact, the underwriter’s counsel remarked that he had
never encountered county employees and staff that had worked so diligently
and that due to their preparedness and hard work, he was able to put his
information together in near record time. Their performance and that of
County Attorney, Walter Elliott, who worked tirelessly on this project
as well, is a tremendous credit to those responsible for managing the
business of the county.”
Why was it necessary to put together a guarantee for a $15 million
dollar bond issue in “near record time”?
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