There are 138 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.
Facts on the Georgia Solar Industry
- There are currently more than 146 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Georgia, employing 800.
- In 2012, Georgia installed 11 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 22nd nationally.
- Georgia ranks 21st in the country in cumulative installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 3,200 homes.
- In 2012, $18 million was invested in Georgia to install solar on homes and businesses.
- Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in Georgia have fallen by 19% in the last year. National prices have also dropped steadily— by 5% from last year and 28% from 2010.
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Notable Solar Installations in Georgia
- Blairsville Solar Farm was completed in 2011 by developer ESA Renewables. This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 1 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 100 Georgia homes.
- Another utility-scale project, Social Circle Solar Farm, is currently under construction in Georgia and is scheduled to come online in 2013. Developed by Silicon Ranch, this 30 MW photovoltaic project will generate enough electricity to power 2,800 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 Solar 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