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Here’s the deal

Accelerating Georgia’s progress to renewables means increasing solar and putting waste heat to work in co-generation plants, capturing methane from landfills and turning it into power, and shifting our electricity usage to off-peak.

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How do we get there?

Cogeneration

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Cogeneration plants capture heat from industrial processes to warm buildings, manufacture products, or create electricity. Georgia’s textile, pulp and paper, food processing, lumber and other wood industries can help us reduce emissions by 1 million metric tons if 16 factories in the state capture waste energy to generate at least 25 MW of electricity each.

Demand
Response

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If more Georgians reduce electricity usage during “peak load” periods, we can reduce emissions significantly. If 187,000 households shift 10% of their peak to off-peak demand, we’ll eliminate 1 million metric tonnes of carbon emissions.

Rooftop Solar

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Solar panels combined with battery storage means buildings do not have to rely on gas- and coal-fired power that comes over the wires. By 2030, we could reduce emissions by 1 million metric tons if 295,000 new 5 KW solar roofs are installed.

Farm &
Community
Solar

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Sometimes called solar farms, these large-scale installations feed electricity into the grid to power homes, schools, business and industry. By 2030, we could reduce emissions by 1 million metric tons if 10 additional 100 MW solar installations and 36 additional 5 MW community solar systems come online.

Landfill
Methane

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Landfill gas (methane) can be captured and put to use, preventing pollution and generating electricity and natural gas. We could reduce emissions by 1 million metric tons if 4 additional landfill facilities are retrofitted to house 5 MW gas-to-energy systems.

How do we get there?

Here’s where we are

Georgia’s electricity is powered by a mix of sources. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), in 2018, about 65% of our electricity was produced by fossil fuels: natural gas, coal, and a little oil. A small, but growing, portion of the state’s electricity comes from renewables, like solar. The electricity sector is responsible for a little more than one third of the state’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

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Here’s where we are

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does Georgia rank nationally in terms of community solar?

As of July 2020, Georgia’s community solar has grown to at least 104 MW across 20 projects. Georgia ranks fifth among the U.S. states in cumulative installed capacity of community solar, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

What is Georgia Power’s plan for expanding solar?

The 2019 Georgia Power Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) calls for 2,000 MW of new utility-scale solar by 2022. This would displace an estimated 1.36 Mt CO2 by 2030

Does solar in Georgia create jobs?

The Solar Foundation’s 2019 Solar Jobs Census reports that there are 270 solar companies in Georgia that support 4,798 jobs.

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