There are 146 solar companies at work in Georgia, investing $18 million to install solar on homes and businesses. Georgia has very strong solar potential. State law has made it illegal for Georgia residents to participate in power purchase agreements, a financing mechanism that has been crucial to the growth of the solar industry in other states. There are currently more than 146 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Georgia, employing 2,600.
Facts on the Georgia Solar Industry
- In 2013, Georgia installed 91 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 7th nationally.
- The 116 MW of solar energy currently installed in Georgia ranks the state 15th in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 10,600 homes.
- In 2013, $189 million was invested in Georgia to install solar for home, business and utility use. This represents a 795% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year.
- Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in Georgia have fallen by 21% in the last year. National prices have also dropped steadily— by 12% from last year and 31% from 2010.
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Notable Installations in Georgia
- Social Circle Solar Farm was completed in 2013 by developer Silicon Ranch. This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 30 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 2,800 Georgia homes.
- At 10 MW, Azalea Solar Facility is among the largest solar installations in Georgia. Completed in 2013 by Smart Energy Capital and Jacoby Development, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 900 homes.
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Solar Companies in Georgia
- There are currently more than 146 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Georgia. These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels. These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 29 manufacturers, 12 manufacturing facilities, 82 contractor/installers, 7 project developers, 11 distributors and 17 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.
Georgia State Policy Resources
Georgia Public Service Commission - Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Georgia public utilities
Georgia State Legislature - Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Georgia
Georgia Energy Policy - Find a wide variety of information on state government energy programs, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics
Georgia Tech University - Read about the innovative solar technology research taking place at Georgia Tech
DSIRE Incentives Database Georgia - Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Georgia and across the United States
U.S. Energy Information Administration - Georgia State Profile - Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government