“Solarize Middle Georgia” Workshop and Information Session – Tuesday, November 13th

Gray, GA – Middle Georgia residents will soon have a new option to power their homes and businesses.  The coalition for Solarize Middle Georgia is holding its second workshop and information session in Jones County on Tuesday, November 13th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  The workshop will take place at the Jones County Government Center, 166 Industrial Boulevard, Gray, Georgia 31032.  Residents of Gray, Griswoldville, Haddock, Round Oak, as well as residents in surrounding counties, are 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 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 will be 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.

According to Chris Weidner, Chairman of the Jones County Board of Commissioners, “The Solarize Middle Georgia campaign is a good way to learn and spread the word about solar, and work to improve our state’s already good ranking of 10th in the nation.” Chairman Weidner continued, “We have citizens and businesses that may find solar a good fit for reducing their overall cost of energy. The cost of solar has dropped dramatically since 2008, and bulk purchasing, as well as the 30% federal tax credit, create even more incentive for our residents to check it out.”

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:  https://bit.ly/2CxutBo 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 Hawkinsville – 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 Chamber of Commerce.

Solarize Middle Georgia:  https://bit.ly/2CxutBo

Solarize Active Campaigns:  https://bit.ly/2OdA1mK

Solarize Inactive Campaigns:   https://bit.ly/2NBZXLL