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“Solarize Middle Georgia” Workshop and Information Session – Thursday, February 28th

February 13, 2019
Wade Yoder - Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition

TUESDAY, February 12, 2019 PHONE: (478) 955-1999

“Solarize Middle Georgia” Workshop and Information Session – Thursday, February 28th

PEACH COUNTY — Middle Georgia residents will soon have a new option to power their homes and businesses. The coalition for Solarize Middle Georgia is holding a workshop and information session in Byron, GA on Thursday, February 28th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.  The workshop will take place at the Byron Convention & Visitors Bureau, 311 Highway 49N, Suite 230 Byron, GA 31008.
Residents of Peach County, including Byron and Fort Valley, along with Houston County cities including Centerville and Perry are all invited to attend. Solarize Middle Georgia runs for six months, through April 30, 2019.
Solarize Middle Georgia is a public awareness campaign to learn about solar opportunities that didn’t exist until recently. This includes an opportunity for a free solar assessment on your home or business, and a way to
potentially save money on your utility bills. There is absolutely no financial obligation or requirement to purchase a solar system. Should a family or business decide to go solar, what Solarize Middle Georgia offers is bulk-
purchasing power, in addition to the 30% federal tax credit, that will begin to phase out after 2019. The bulk-purchase model offers residents additional savings over those who install outside of the solarize program.
Solarize Middle Georgia is the first Solarize campaign in Georgia to span an entire region, including eleven counties, and 31 municipalities surrounding Macon and Warner Robins. Prior campaigns have reached out to one
city and/or one city and county.
“These modules that work in silence converting sun into free usable energy really excite me! It’s definitely a win-win in how it can both lower our utility bills, while at the same time enabling every home to be good stewards of our environment,” according to Wade Yoder, County Commissioner for Peach County. Mr. Yoder makes a recommendation, “With the prices of solar components coming down, (even if you’re not ready to do it now) it would be a good thing to at least have a future ‘solar strategy’ for your home or business. Solarize Middle
Georgia is an excellent opportunity for both residential and commercial consumers to participate in solar power. I strongly urge everyone who has any interest in solar power to come to the Byron CVB on Thursday, February 28th and listen to the presentation.”
Ray Clark, Senior Advisor to the elected officials of the Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition (MGCAC) adds, “Solarize Middle Georgia is an important partner to MGCAC. While counties and municipalities in the coalition make significant contributions to improving air quality in the region, Solarize Middle Georgia is unique in that it offers every single household in Middle Georgia an opportunity to play a role in reducing air pollution.
Georgia ranks 10th in the nation for installed solar capacity but most of the energy we use in our homes still comes from coal, gas and nuclear power plants. Community Solarize programs are working to change that. Prior Solarize programs include Tybee Island, Savannah, Athens, Decatur/DeKalb, Dunwoody, Atlanta, Carroll-Carrollton, and Newton-Morgan. Over half of the rooftop solar capacity in Georgia has been generated through Solarize programs. Solarize campaigns are supported by the U. S. Department of Energy.
Additional public meetings, workshops and lunch and learn opportunities will be held throughout the campaign. The schedule of meetings and workshops is being developed and will be publicized at the Solarize Middle Georgia
website: and through social & traditional media channels.
Creative Solar USA, Inc. (Creative Solar), based in Kennesaw, Georgia was selected to be the solar installer by the Solarize coalition, including the Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition. Founded in 2008, Creative Solar is a turn-key provider of solar power and related energy management services for the residential and commercial sectors. Creative Solar begins with a feasibility assessment and ends with interconnection to the grid. Creative Solar was the chosen residential installer for Solarize Decatur-DeKalb, Atlanta and Carrollton-Carroll. Creative Solar has completed over 400 residential installations totaling almost 2,900 KW (2.9 MW), and 47 commercial installations totaling over 6,500 KW (6.5 MW) with more being installed daily.
The coalition for Solarize Middle Georgia includes the Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition (MGCAC), Jones County, Georgia, Environment Georgia, Georgia Interfaith Power and Light, U.S. Green Building Council and Solar Crowdsource.
Additional partners or “Ambassadors” for Solarize Middle Georgia include Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful, NewTown Macon, Altamaha Riverkeeper, Redeeming Hope Center, a ministry of Awakening Fires Church (Macon), Georgia House of Representative Patty Bentley (Dist. 139), The Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce, the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, the awkinsville – Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, The Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce, Perry Area Chamber of Commerce, Roberta- Crawford County Chamber of Commerce and Twiggs County Development Authority and the Twiggs County Chamber of Commerce.
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