Solar For The “Peach State”

The current population of the “Peach State,” Georgia is approximately 10.63 million people. In April 2919, state utilities used natural gas (43.3%), nuclear energy (30.0%) coal (17.8%) and renewable energy (9.0%) to generate electricity. Biomass, hydropower and solar energy are the primary sources of renewable energy in Georgia.

Georgia is one of only 20 states that doesn’t have a renewable energy standard, which mandates the amount of renewable energy utilities must use to generate electricity. Georgia is one of 9 states with utility-run and/or locally run grant programs for renewable energy.

The economics have spurred Georgia utilities to move from expensive, coal to reliable, low-cost renewable energy. The Southern Company’s 2019 integrated resource plan states the utility will develop 2,260 MW capacity of new renewable energy projects and 80 MW of energy storage capacity. Utility scale solar parks are a key component in the Southern Company’s future renewable energy plans. The company also announced it intends to shut down its last five coal-fired power plants by 2025.

The Southern Company, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia is a natural gas and electric utility holding company. The company provides electricity and natural gas services to over 9 million customers in nine states. The Southern Company is the second largest utility in the United States.

Georgia doesn’t have the wind and solar resources of the Great Plains states or the hydropower and wind resources of the Pacific Northwest. It is unlikely that Georgia can meet current energy demands solely with the region’s renewable energy potential. Nuclear energy, which generates zero greenhouse gases will almost certainly be a key component in Georgia’s future.

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