2018 GA Solar Essay Contest

Students in Grades 6 – 10, tell us what you think:
How can solar energy help my community?
The Georgia Solar Energy Association invites students in Grades 6 – 10 to enter the GA Solar Essay Contest.

This year’s topic: How can solar energy help my community?

Here is what you need to know to enter the contest: Essays must be 250 – 300 words

  • One entry per student
  • Submitted with a cover page with title of essay, name, school, teacher’s name
  • printed on one side of 8.5 x 11 white paper
  • double-spaced
  • one inch margins
  • 12 point font

Submit via e-mail to [email protected] and CC admi[email protected] - or via mail to 1199 Euclid Avenue, Atlanta GA 30307

Must be able to attend and read essay at the 2018 GA Solar Holiday Luncheon on December 13, 2018 at Mason Fine Arts Center with a parent/teacher/guardian.

Dec 13th Event Address:
Mason Fine Arts Center
415 Plasters Ave NE, #100
Atlanta, GA 30324
Time: 11:00- 2:00PM

Admittance is free for student and guest

Deadline for submission is DECEMBER 5TH, 2018 at noon.

The winner will be contacted on December 7, 2018 and will be invited/required to read his/her essay at the GA Solar Holiday Luncheon on December 13, 2018.

Winner will also receive a cash prize.

All essays become the property of GA Solar and cannot be returned. Essays will be judged using the rubric provided.

Contact Info:
Dana Redden
Education Chair GA Solar Energy Association

[email protected]

10th Anniversary - GA Solar Summit Celebration Video

Thursday, October 25th, 2018 saw the 10th Anniversary of Georgia Solar's Southern Solar Summit at Atlanta's Carter Center. Over 100 attendees joined for a lively conference with keynote speakers Bill Nussey, Anya Schoolman, a panel discussion of the Weather Channel's "Killing Clean" documentary and more.  A direct link to our video can be found by clicking here.


WEATHER CHANNEL DOCUMENTARY: Killing Clean is a documentary about Ohio that examines the forces pushing back on renewable energy progress. Opponents of solar and other renewable resources have mobilized across the country to undermine increasing adoption and deployment of renewable energy. “Killing Clean” demonstrates how they zeroed in on Ohio as an early win for their effort to fight clean energy policy at the state level. Ultimately, the initiative failed, in part because renewable energy advocates reminded Ohio’s leaders about the jobs and investment their commitment to renewable energy has produced. At Georgia Solar's 10th Anniversary Southern Solar Summit, moderator Julie Hairston, producer Marisa Venegas, Reporter Brad Wieners, and Greenlink Founder Matt Cox discussed the Ohio face-off. A direct link to our video can be found here.

Message from the Chair - 10th Anniversary Southern Solar Summit!

Message from the Chair - 10th Anniversary Southern Solar Summit!

Tariff-ed out? Let’s talk about the 10th Anniversary Southern Solar Summit!

Yes, I agree. Concerns about the potential effect of tariffs on imported cells and panels seemed to dominate every solar conversation over the last year. We have all become a bit numb to talk of cost effects and a possible damper on growth.

So, now the time has come to talk about the future of Solar in Georgia. We have a lot going on. What better way to get a plethora of information in one day regarding key topics on the current and future of solar than a day with fellow solar professionals and advocates? Along with new trends in Georgia at our 10th Anniversary Southern Solar Summit on October 25th at the Carter Center, we will have discussions of national trends. This is our second Summit at the historic, solar-powered Carter Center.

We have a full day’s agenda of nationally recognized speakers and topics ranging from local to national scope. You will be glad to get updates from the Georgia Public Service Commissioners.  Anya Schoolman, the nationally known advocate and Executive Director of Solar United Neighbors, will talk about “Rooftop Solar.” Killing Clean, the award-winning Weather Channel documentary, will be followed by a panel discussing the unseen political forces working against clean energy. We will have updates from Southface on solar data collection and SELC on local policies that discourage solar adoption. To top it off, Bill Nussey. the author of “Freeing Energy” (to be published in 2019) will tell us what he’s been up to in the last year - which is very intriguing. You don’t want to miss these great, informative presentations.

In between all the sessions, there will be networking opportunities galore for talking and sharing experiences with other folks in the various branches of the solar industry.

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Russell Seifert Chairman's Remarks - "GA Solar Elects a New Chair"

GA Solar Elects a New Chair - Russell Seifert

These are exciting times in the solar industry. Ten years ago, in 2008, the cost of a solar panel installation was $8.82 per watt.

The solar industry today looks very different: in addition to solar panel efficiency increasing dramatically, solar panel producers have significantly improved their manufacturing processes. Solar installers, too, can deploy solar PV across the United States more efficiently now than they could 10 years ago.

The result: the price of solar has fallen by over 60 percent, to just $3.14/watt. This market has followed the pattern of Moore’s Law in the computer and semi-conductor industry.

Solar energy is creating more jobs than any other sector of the economy. Plus, energy storage is becoming more mainstream. Homeowners and business owners alike see the “Real Value” in a sustainable product that lasts longer than most other investments they make in their lifetime.

That being said, a new phase of our work as a maturing industry has begun. We cannot just sit back and let the market do its thing. We have seen surrounding states’ (e.g., North Carolina, South Carolina) newly initiated programs rise and pass Georgia’s progress in just a matter of a few short years.

The next 12 months will bring us some of the most critical political challenges we have yet faced as an industry: the IRP (Integrated Resource Plan) and the “Rate Case.” These two major milestones are part of the regulation the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) is mandated by Georgia law to provide as overseers of our power generation.

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Barriers to Solar Adoption Stifle Economic Development

   Last year, GA Solar joined with other stakeholders in successful negotiations with Central Georgia EMC to alleviate punitive and discriminatory fees aimed exclusively at solar customers.  Since then, our members and their customers have encountered similar charges in other locations throughout the state.

   Growing numbers of homeowners and businesses are looking for cleaner, and more economical, energy resources. As they do, these practices are increasingly coming into question, even as they quietly discourage local economic development.

   In my own work helping communities organize cost-saving, bulk-buying Solarize programs, I have encountered difficulties in the cities of Covington and Oxford, GA, for example, where some residents would like to organize a Solarize Newton County initiative.

   The City of Oxford operates its own power utility, which charges solar customers an additional $11.15 per kilowatt of installed solar per month on their electric bill. This means a solar customer with a 5 kW solar array would pay an additional $55.75 every month on their power bill before they use a single watt of electricity. This discriminatory charge clearly presents a daunting barrier to any consideration of solar adoption by residents and businesses in Oxford.

   Steep penalties on solar can significantly undercut local efforts to attract significant economic development. Many major U.S. corporations now apply their public commitment to renewable energy as a core value in the location of new facilities.

   A recent local beneficiary of this trend is Walton EMC, whose solar generation assets will power the new $750 million Facebook data center in Social Circle. Facebook is far from alone in its commitment to solar energy for powering its operations. From retail outlets such as Walmart, Target, IKEA, and Macy’s to other economic powerhouses such as Apple, Intel, GM, and Amazon, access to reasonably priced solar is important to facility location decisions.

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The Georgia Public Service Commission: Why Your Vote Matters!

The Georgia Public Service Commission: Why Your Vote Matters!

Two seats on the five-member Georgia Public Service Commission are on the ballot this year. So, what is the Georgia Public Service Commission or “PSC”?  The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) is the governing body that regulates the rates and services of “public utilities” in the state, including telecommunications, electricity (meaning our Georgia Power bills) and natural gas.

Current PSC Commissioners include H. Doug Everett, Commissioner, District 1; Tim Echols, Vice Chairman and Commissioner, District 2, Chuck Eaton, Commissioner, District 3, Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Jr., PSC Chairman and Commissioner, District 4 and Patricia Pridemore, Commissioner, District 5.

As a nonprofit, the Georgia Solar Energy Association (GA Solar) cannot recommend any specific candidate.  However, we urge Georgia residents to do your homework!  Your vote matters!

GA Solar sent out a questionnaire to all PSC candidates to help voters understand where the candidates stand on issues related to the PSC’s responsibilities. The following candidates responded to our questionnaire as of May 15:  Lindy Miller, candidate for District 3; Ryan Graham, candidate for District 3, and John Turpish, candidate for District 5.  The following candidates have not responded: Chuck Eaton, incumbent candidate for District 3; Patricia Pridemore, incumbent candidate for District 5; and Dawn Randolph, candidate for District 5.  You can read the unedited responses at this link:

Georgia has some of the lowest utility rates in the nation.  However, that is about to change.  Electricity rates are set to resume a historic rate of increase over the next six years.

FROM GA Solar Chair Don Moreland’s BLOG POST, February 7, 2018:

“ … In 2016, the Georgia Public Service Commission and Georgia Power agreed to freeze rates until the next rate case in 2019. A lot has happened since then. Georgia Power purchased Atlanta Gas & Light for $12 billion and the cost to build Plant Vogtle 3 and 4 have soared to a total of $25 billion. These two events have not been factored into rates yet but all that’s about to change in 2019.

Before the freeze on rates, according to the last 18 years of data available on the PSC website, Georgia Power customers experienced an average rate increase of 2.5% per year. If we are to assume that amount of rate increase will resume in 2019, then rates will increase 12.5% over the next 6 years.

At the PSC website, there is a page entitled: “Meet the Commission” at this link:  Each Commissioner’s profile includes a link entitled, “Get my views on…” where detail about the Commissioner’s votes, including date and subject, are included."

Again, your vote matters! Although the candidates represent specific districts, every voter in Georgia will be asked to vote for a candidates for each seat. Please invest time in getting to know the candidates and their positions!

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The Georgia Public Service Commission - 2018 Candidate Questionnaires

The Georgia Public Service Commission: Why Your Vote Matters!

(Click for PSC Candidate Responses Below)

Two seats on the five-member Georgia Public Service Commission are on the ballot this year. So, what is the Public Service Commission or “PSC”?  The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) is the governing body that regulates the rates and services of “public utilities” in the state, including telecommunications, electricity (meaning our Georgia Power bills) and natural gas.

Current PSC Commissioners include H. Doug Everett, Commissioner, District 1; Tim Echols, Vice Chairman and Commissioner, District 2, Chuck Eaton, Commissioner, District 3, Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Jr., PSC Chairman and Commissioner, District 4 and Patricia Pridemore, Commissioner, District 5.

As a nonprofit, the Georgia Solar Energy Association (GA Solar) cannot recommend any specific candidate.  However, we urge Georgia residents to do your homework!  Your vote matters!

GA Solar sent out a questionnaire to all PSC candidates to help voters understand where the candidates stand on issues related to the PSC’s responsibilities. The following candidates responded to our questionnaire as of May 15:  Lindy Miller, candidate for District 3; Ryan Graham, candidate for District 3, and John Turpish, candidate for District 5.  The following candidates have not responded: Chuck Eaton, incumbent candidate for District 3; Patricia Pridemore, incumbent candidate for District 5; and Dawn Randolph, candidate for District 5. You can read the unedited responses below.

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Now is Still the Best Time to Go Solar!

In spite of President Trump’s 30% tariff, now is still the best time to go solar!  The cost of solar has come down 70% since 2010 and there is a 30% tax credit available to help reduce the upfront cost.

That’s right, now is the time. Policy and market forces are at play that make 2018 and 2019 the sweet spot to get the most bang for your buck. There are three main drivers that affect the cost of solar and the value of a solar investment that everyone should know:

Driver # 1: Tax Credit Phasing Out

Since 2006, homeowners and business owners are eligible for a 30% tax credit to help reduce the upfront cost of solar. This tax credit applies to the entire cost of the system including components (panels, inverters, racking/mounting structure), permitting, labor, etc. The tax credit also applies to energy storage systems when purchased and installed at the same time when purchasing and installing the solar system. Set to expire in 2015, Congress extended the tax credit through 2021 but it starts to phase after 2019

As you can see in the chart above, the tax credit will phase out entirely for homeowners in 2023 and level out to 10% for businesses.  So, if you are considering going solar anytime in the next few years, and you want to maximize the use of the tax credit to reduce the upfront cost and your tax liability, you will want to purchase and install sometime before the end of 2019 to get the full 30% tax credit.

Driver #2: Tariffs on Imported Solar Modules

You may have heard about the recent tariff imposed on imported solar modules by the Trump administration. Without getting into “why” a tariff was placed on solar modules, let’s just look at what the tariff is and how it can impact your decision to invest in solar.
First, what are the tariffs? Starting February 9, 2018, a 30% tariff will be levied against the import of all solar panels regardless of the country of origin. It then goes down 5% per year for the next three years.

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GA Solar Statement on Solar Tariffs

January 23, 2018

Julie Hairston, Communications Director
[email protected]

Georgia Solar Energy Association Chair Don Moreland Statement on Solar Tariffs

Atlanta, GA – Don Moreland, chair of the Georgia Solar Energy Association, has released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on imported solar cells and panels:

“While these erroneous tariffs may cause short-term headwinds to Georgia’s thriving solar industry, it will only strengthen our resolve to continue moving forward into a clean energy future.” 

“Those of us who have been around a while know that in the grand scheme of things, the local solar industry is extraordinarily resilient among changing market conditions and enterprising enough to create market-based solutions to overcome policy barriers."

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Reflections on a Challenging Year and Wishes for the New Year

Reflections on a Challenging Year and Wishes for the New Year

Looking back on 2017, the solar industry has confronted a challenging year from the local to the national level.

We are waiting to see if President Donald Trump will impose the International Trade Commission’s recommendations for tariffs on imported panels and modules. Currently, the President has until January 26 to make his decision. While the recommendations are less punitive than Suniva sought in its petition to the ITC, the effect of these tariffs would still be a serious blow to the jobs and investment the solar industry has created in the U.S.  Tariffs also would inhibit the investments that bring needed revenues to many economically underserved Georgia communities and the control solar offers many Georgia consumers for their energy consumption.

The Georgia Solar Energy Association has been actively engaged in the effort to persuade the ITC and our state’s elected officials that these tariffs will cut good jobs from our growing solar industry. In May, GA Solar gathered more than 150 signatures on a letter outlining the damage solar tariffs would do and delivered it to members of Georgia’s congressional delegation in Washington.  Throughout the year, we have provided regular updates on the progress of the case through email and in our social media. Here is a link to the Solar Energy Industries Association website that offers ways you can be involved in opposition to the tariffs:

GA Solar has engaged in local solar policy, too. Collaborating with industry stakeholders, we helped persuade Central Georgia EMC to cancel its punitive charges on solar customers. We have worked with the cities of Atlanta, Decatur, and Athens, GA, to create permitting processes for solar installation that reduce delay and project costs.

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Come Together to Stay Strong

Come Together to Stay Strong

The solar industry is facing its greatest threat to date. So, the time couldn’t be more perfect to gather and recommit to what protects our vitality in the market.

Unquestionably, the recent ruling from the International Trade Commission that imported solar modules have caused injury to domestic manufacturers could end up imposing a painful new burden on our thriving market. A forty-cent increase in the cost of modules, for example, would erase the gains made in recent years by increasing the cost of utility-scale solar by about 25%, C&I market 20%, and residential market 15%.

But no tariffs are in place yet, and time remains to mitigate the harm that this misguided action could have on our state, cities, industry, and thousands of working family jobs and welfare. In short, we can hope for the best but we should prepare for the worst.  

Georgia Solar’s 9th Annual Southern Solar Summit will feature the observations and recommendations of Tom Kimbis, Vice President and General Counsel for the Solar Energy Industries Association. He has been at the forefront of our resistance to tariffs and he will offer his unique insights on where we are and what we can do.

But more than that, our summit gives us the opportunity to draw together as solar professionals, reflect upon the strides we have made, discuss ways we can preserve market growth and drive innovation that no government edict can thwart.

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Statement from the Georgia Solar on the ITC’s ruling in the Suniva Trade Case

Statement from the Georgia Solar Energy Association Chair Don Moreland on the International Trade Commission’s ruling in the Suniva Trade Case:

   “The thriving solar industry is sure to suffer the loss of as many as 2,000 good, local jobs in Georgia and more than 88,000 nationwide if tariffs are imposed on imported panels as a result of this decision. This will be far more damaging to a growing economic sector of the state’s economy than the jobs lost in Suniva’s bankruptcy. At a time when citizens, elected officials and utilities in Georgia demand more clean energy solutions, this decision will potentially disrupt established supply chains and erase years of progress that has made solar power the cost-effective clean energy solution it is today. We at GA Solar will continue to fight against tariffs this decision may bring. We hope that state leaders, including Sen. Johnny Isakson, Sen. David Perdue and our Georgia congressmen, will join us in urging President Donald Trump not to adopt tariffs that will throttle a growing domestic industry and the jobs it has created.

   “We are grateful to the solar professionals from our state - James Marlow, Russell Seifert, Kenny Hughes, Pete Marte and John Huffington - who traveled to Washington to convey all the relevant facts of the impact of tariffs on the U.S. solar industry to our state’s congressional delegation. We are especially grateful to Georgia PSC Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, who provided important testimony to the ITC in this case about the damage tariffs will inflict on the solar industry.”

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Message From The Chair : A Period of Uncertainty

Message from the Chair - 8/21/2017

A Period of Uncertainty

   Back in November, solar professionals realized we were in for a period of uncertainty. What we didn’t expect was that the greatest threat would rise from within our own industry.

   On August 15, the International Trade Commission (ITC) heard testimony on a petition filed by bankrupt Georgia panel manufacturer Suniva asking the commission to recommend the imposition of steep tariffs on all panels imported to the U.S. The tariffs would roughly double the cost of panels to the U.S. solar industry.

   The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has been joined in opposition to this request for tariffs by a wide range of political and financial interests. All of these pro-solar allies, including the conservative Heritage Foundation, want to protect the more than 250,000 solar jobs and billions of dollars in solar investment that are threatened by this petition.

   Here in Georgia, as many as 2,000 solar jobs statewide could be in jeopardy if tariffs are imposed on imported solar panels.

   In many states, such as North Carolina, Senators and Congressional Representatives are showing their unequivocal bipartisan opposition to tariffs in letters sent to the ITC. Georgia’s Senators and Congressional Representatives need to hear from solar companies, workers and supporters in their districts that you want them to support Georgia’s solar industry and join in that opposition.

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Georgia Solar Industry Comes Together to Make Our Voices Heard

GA Solar is dedicated to promoting the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy through education, advocacy and industry support. So, when a trade case, even when initiated by one of our own, threatens to jeopardize the economic viability of the Georgia solar industry and the 4,000+ men and women it supports, we are compelled to act and act decisively. That’s exactly what we are doing now to prevent the potentially devastating effect of trade sanctions on imported solar equipment.

The response has been nothing short of amazing! With a unified voice, GA Solar came together with GaSEIA, SEIA, and a delegation of local industry professionals to send a message, loud and clear, to our elected officials that Georgia’s solar industry is thriving and is much, much more than a single panel manufacturer. More than 150 members of GA Solar joined this effort by signing an open letter to Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Johnny Isakson. GA Solar Co-Vice Chair Russell Seifert travelled to Washington with a delegation of solar professionals from Georgia to deliver the letter personally.

You have made your voice heard and shown your support for the Georgia solar industry. Thank you to everyone who took part in this effort! We will continue to fight the good fight and will count on your support along the way.

Click here to view our open letter


GA Solar Open Letter to Senators Isakson and Perdue

GA Solar Open Letter to Senators Isakson and Perdue
Suniva / Solarworld 201 Case

Supporter of Solar,
The continued health of the U.S. solar industry depends on access to low-cost components, many of which come from foreign manufacturers. In a case now pending before the International Trade Commission, that access is threatened. The letter below, jointly drafted by Georgia's solar nonprofits and the national solar trade organization, outlines the implications of the ITC case and its devastating potential effect on the growing solar industry. Because the case was initiated by a Georgia company, opposition from the solar industry in Georgia can do a great deal to prevent the imposition of pricing premiums on the solar components we all rely on to make our projects viable.

WE NEED YOUR SIGNATURE ON THIS LETTER. A delegation of solar professionals will be traveling to Washington this month to deliver the letter and its signatures to our Georgia Senators, Sen. Johnny Isakson and Sen. David Perdue. Sign it today and show your support. Your future business prospects may be hanging in the balance.









     Our 10 kwh solar system was installed on my property the latter part of July 2015.  At that time, Central Ga EMC (CGEMC) provided a rebate of $450.00 per kW capacity, factoring in their estimated efficiency. 

  The total EMC participation in the project was $3,337.20.  This rebate, along with the federal tax credit incentive, factored greatly into our decision to install the solar project from the beginning.  An estimated recovery period for total, net out-of-pocket expenses at installation was 12-15 years.

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HB 431 : Solar is On the Move In GA


With Georgia’s solar market ranked 4th in the U.S. and job growth up 23% in 2016, solar is on the move in Georgia. Now a new solar bill (HB 431) aims to remove barriers to rooftop solar, protect consumers, and unlock the free-market potential of solar promising continued growth for years to come.

GaSEIA is pleased Representative Buzz Brockway introduced HB 431, which ensures customers’ right to manage their electric bills with onsite solar and ensure that solar customers are not subject to extreme and unjustifiable costs.

HB 431 will improve the outlook for distributed generation (rooftop) solar, create thousands of jobs, protect consumers, promote economic development, and increase Georgia's energy security.

HB 431 makes commercial system size limits more reasonable in light of economic and technological changes since the Co- Gen Act was passed in 2001.
Importantly, the legislation does not preclude utility fees but provides that customers have notice before fees are imposed and that such fees are not just and reasonable.  This is important because customers need more transparency to make informed decisions about whether or not to install solar.
This legislation follows a special subcommittee hearing and report of the House Energy Committee in the fall of 2016.

Click Here to View the HB 431 Legislation

VIDEO : Georgia Solar Energy Association’s 2016 Solar Advocate Award

Georgia Energy Data and Clean Energy Industry Census Manager Wins
The Georgia Solar Energy Association’s 2016 Solar Advocate Award

The Georgia Solar Energy Association awarded its 2016 Solar Advocate Award to Shan Arora, program manager for Southface, at its annual holiday celebration on Thursday, December 15.

   Arora created and manages, an interactive map and database that provide both aggregate and detailed information on Georgia’s growing solar portfolio. He also conducts and analyzes the annual Clean Jobs Census that shows the growth and economic contribution of Georgia’s solar industry.

   In a video debuted as part of the awards presentation,, Georgia PSC Commissioner Tim Echols praised Arora for giving policymakers reliable information on the positive impact of policy decisions that encourage solar investment throughout the state. 

Click here to view the full video

2016 Presidential Election and Solar

Dear Friend of Solar,

   President-elect Donald Trump's victory in the November 8 election was a sobering event for all of us in the solar industry. During the campaign, Trump repeatedly expressed his disdain for renewable energy and solar in particular. He has persistently promised to increase government support for coal and other fossil fuels and eliminate programs that encourage solar adoption.

   Like you, I am disappointed in the incoming president's uninformed dismissal of solar's potential. This consciously denigrates the significant solar investments worldwide and the solar industry's 200,000+ American workers, more than all fossil fuel extraction combined.
   Clearly, an enormous challenge awaits our industry over the next four years as we work to hold onto our recent gains and find new opportunities for growth. The new president will have a Republican majority in both houses of Congress. This gives him almost unlimited opportunity to enact the policies that reflect his views and repeal those that don't. Among other things, the recent extension of the ITC may be affected.

   But all is not lost.

   Florida's deceptively worded Amendment #1, which would have allowed that state's utilities to impose punitive charges on solar customers, was defeated. That vote underscores the ongoing popular support solar enjoys across political lines. Here in Georgia, we are lucky to have our solar-friendly Public Service Commission, especially Republican Commissioner Bubba McDonald. The PSC's work and support has created a robust solar market in Georgia without mandates or incentives at the state level.

   This point is very important, because the authority to determine energy policy lies primarily with state government. Our Republican majority legislators have demonstrated that they are open to commonsense solar-friendly policies. They understand a robust solar market helps create good jobs and long-term investment with no upward pressure on utility rates.

   In the current political environment, however, educating elected officials and the public about the economic and environmental benefits of solar has never been more critical. And that is what GA Solar does best, in cooperation with a wide range of stakeholders. We communicate most effectively when we speak together.

   Market fundamentals are strong for solar. Here are the facts that will continue to keep our solar market thriving: 
  • The cost of solar is now at grid parity with other fuel sources at utility scale. Costs are projected to come down further over the next five years.
  • Storage technology has arrived and is rapidly improving making solar plus storage a 24/7 generation technology and a clean alternative to traditional energy resources.
  • Consumers have a financially viable choice of how they generate and consume energy and consumer choice is a bedrock principle of Georgia's historic property right tradition.
  • The electrification of the transportation sector will require more capacity to be added to the grid.
  • Because solar is Georgia's #1 source of domestic energy production and at grid parity, solar should play a significant role in additional capacity moving forward.
  • Policymakers recognize that solar creates jobs, promotes economic development, and increases Georgia's energy security and independence.
    This is the biggest opportunity for innovation in generations. Georgia can become a leader in the emerging solar market, creating thousands of jobs and lucrative economic investments that will benefit communities statewide for decades.

   Your continued support for GA Solar is essential to this mission. We are feeling especially grateful at this moment for the support we have had in these years of enormous progress. We hope you will continue your contribution to enable us to meet the challenges ahead.

   Let's join hands with all our solar allies and stakeholders, including consumers, environmentalists and trade organizations, to focus our efforts on tangible goals such as getting a fair value for solar (known as the Renewable Cost Benefit framework (RCB) currently before the PSC) and eliminating barriers to intended use of HB 57 contained in the Co-Gen Act. And, let us hear from you on what you think we can do to keep solar strong in Georgia.

Don Moreland
2016-17 Chair
Georgia Solar Energy Association