"Insolation values in Georgia are significant enough to support solar energy systems in our state, with the southern two-thirds of Georgia having equivalent solar insolation values to most of the state of Florida."
The best renewable, safe, and clean source of energy we have available in the Southeast is solar!
Since we have plenty of solar radiation in our region, a truly clean and green source of energy, what are we waiting for?
Did You Know?
Prices for solar panels have dropped significantly since 2007. What once cost more than $12 per watt, now costs less than $4, minus tax savings! Thus, solar energy is cheaper, cleaner and safer than fossil fuels and nuclear power!
A homeowner pays less than $14,000 for a 5kw solar array. If paid in cash this investment can be paid off in 10 years, if financed with a bank in less than 15 years, and solar panels have a warranty of at least 25 years. You can also work with companies like Solar City. They will do the financing for you!
Valdosta Is Going Solar!
Valdosta State University's first solar panel array behind Odum Library with a capacity of 10 kilowatts.
Solar power arrays on 7 acres near the Mud Creek Water Treatment Facility have a capacity of approximately 2.2 megawatts.
What Alternatives Do We Have?
A biomass incinerator clearly is a bad choice for any community. The same is true for nuclear power plants, coal firing plants or a fracking industry that has turned much of our country into a waste land. The good news is we have clean and safe alternatives for energy production which also create hundreds of thousands of jobs. Two major arguments brought forth by the industry and developers as a justification for bad energy projects are energy needs and jobs. These claims can easily be addressed and alternatives offered, so that our communities can make better choices. This is especially true when we combine our efforts of clean energy production with programs in energy efficiency and energy conservation.
The Sierra Club, for example, one of many environmental groups opposing biomass incineration, states:
Let's Go Solar!
Georgia Power clearly states that:
"[We] believe that energy use should be minimized through conservation and efficiency. In the near future, efficiency is the only "energy source" which does not incur some environmental damage and which is available immediately in generous supply. Sophisticated building construction, efficient appliances, recycling, modernized industrial processes, "smart" buildings that turn off lights and lower the temperature in unused rooms, programmable thermostats, public transit supplemented by fuel-efficient cars, and many other innovative technologies can reduce energy use tremendously, usually while saving money."
In other words, a focus on energy conservation and efficiency in our community would protect the health of our citizens and environment, save money, and create jobs:
- retrofitting buildings & industries
- improving infrastructure
- expanding public transit, bike paths, side walks
- increasing efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle
- investing in truly clean energy: solar power