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GeorgiaGeorgia may not have a renewable portfolio standard, but there are still promising signs for the state’s renewable energy industry. Georgia’s Public Service Commission mandated that Georgia Power have at least 525 megawatts of solar energy capacity by the end of 2015.1
Source:
Atlanta Business Chronicle, December 2013
http://bit.ly/1zR3Qf3
And for its part, Georgia Power expects to have over 800 megawatts of solar power connected to the grid by 2016. This, combined with a net-metering policy, helped make the state the fastest growing solar market in 2013, although growth has since slowed.2
Source:
Solar Energy Industries Association
http://bit.ly/1BzL5AZ


Likewise, Georgia ranked 3rd in the nation in net electricity generation from biomass in 2013.3
Source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, March 2014
http://1.usa.gov/1CKV5HS
And the state is actually a leader in electric vehicle policy.4
Source:
Wall Street Journal, June 2014
http://on.wsj.com/1BzLSSo
The state provides a significant tax credit for purchasers of EVs and allows electric cars access to high-occupancy carpool lanes during rush hour. Policies like this have made Atlanta the fastest-growing metropolitan market in the country for EV sales.5
Source:
ChargePoint, February 2014
http://bit.ly/1N8e2oQ


Georgia still only gets about 6% of its electricity from renewable sources,6
Source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, March 2015
http://1.usa.gov/1Hvgk32
but the future is unquestionably bright. Learn more about energy in Georgia with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States.

 


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