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Old 07-01-2012, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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A slick online phamplet does not excuse Georgia Power's role in trying to kill or minimize solar power's presence here in Georgia.

How lame that someone would even provide a link that only talks about solar power opportunity in NEW MEXICO.
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Old 07-01-2012, 01:55 PM
 
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Everyone knows that Southern Company operates the dirtiest power plants in the country, including the single dirtiest plant in the country.

I don't necessarily blame the company, though. Keep in mind that GA Power has to get permission from the state to ever raise rates and new power plants don't grow on trees.

I want to preserve the environment, but at the same time, my power bill is already high enough. So Georgia Power is really stuck between a rock and a hard place.

I do wish they did more to work with people who had solar panels who could feed into the grid when they aren't using electricity. They may already have that plan, I'm not sure.
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Old 07-01-2012, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Ola, Georgia
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A slick online phamplet does not excuse Georgia Power's role in trying to kill or minimize solar power's presence here in Georgia.

How lame that someone would even provide a link that only talks about solar power opportunity in NEW MEXICO.
OK smarty pants...

Georgia Power and Solar Design & Development form alliance on utility-scale solar projects - MarketWatch
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Old 07-01-2012, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Ola, Georgia
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Everyone knows that Southern Company operates the dirtiest power plants in the country, including the single dirtiest plant in the country.

I don't necessarily blame the company, though. Keep in mind that GA Power has to get permission from the state to ever raise rates and new power plants don't grow on trees.

I want to preserve the environment, but at the same time, my power bill is already high enough. So Georgia Power is really stuck between a rock and a hard place.

I do wish they did more to work with people who had solar panels who could feed into the grid when they aren't using electricity. They may already have that plan, I'm not sure.
You're very well informed. GPC does have a program to purchase residential excess from solar.

Solar Options for Customers - Georgia Power
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Old 07-01-2012, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Hehehehe.

Georgia Power must pay its lobbyists handsomely.

But if it's all the same to y'all apologists for our local energy mega-monopoly, I'll just lean on my state rep & senator to ensure that hopefully in the next legislative session that Power Purchase Agreements or PPAs for the unschooled, become fully legal under Georgia law. At that point, GP will finally be force to deal with some new players in Georgia's energy markets.

By the way, for those who are not aware of what's up with the solar energy industry in Georgia in regards to this very issue, check out Maria Saporta's report. This report along with the following commentary in the comment section is very enlightening on the arguments for and against PPAs. For myself, I am definitely pro-PPA!

http://saportareport.com/blog/2012/0...rk-in-georgia/

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Old 07-01-2012, 06:04 PM
 
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Sounds like a complicated issue worth hearing both sides of.

Those PPAs sound like a good idea, but deregulation leaves a bad taste in my mouth because of the natural gas situation that we have in Georgia.

I think an important first step is for the state to issue a law that forces all HOAs to allow individual solar panels for residents who want them and to remove any and all red tape that stands in the way of installing the panels.
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