The Department of the Navy and Georgia Power Company will break ground Thursday on a large-scale solar facility at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Approximately 136,000 solar photovoltaic panels will be installed on 258 acres and generate up to 42 megawatts of direct current power when fully operational. Georgia Power estimates construction completion by the end of 2016.
As a lifelong conservative who believes in free-market principles, I believe that the giant electric monopolies deserve competition and consumers deserve choice. We need to set aside our old way of thinking and invest in the new, innovative technology of low-cost, clean energy and diversify our nation’s energy portfolio.
Georgia is excelling in the creation of green jobs. That’s according to a recent report by the national, nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs. The report suggests the state of Georgia is creating more green jobs – mostly in the field of solar energy – than any other state in the country. The spike in green jobs in Georgia is directly related to an unlikely political partnership between liberal and conservative advocates of clean energy policies and issues.
The U.S. Department of Energy collects information on energy generation and consumption with the EIA State Profile. It also publishes specific data on renewable energy projects and policies at Clean Energy in My State.