GASEIA Applauds Bill to Improve Market and Consumer Choice

The Georgia Solar Energy Industries Association applauds state Senator Jason Anavitarte for sponsoring Senate Bill 210 to improve and expand community solar in Georgia while updating portions of the law pertaining to net metering. This is a continuation of Georgia's Cogeneration and Distributed Generation Act of 2001, the expansion of the solar market by the Georgia Public Service Commission in 2013, and the passage of the Georgia Solar Free-Market Act of 201
GASEIA Applauds Bill to Improve Market and Consumer Choice
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The Georgia Homegrown Solar Act of 2023 builds on these successes to provide for (1) Updated Monthly Net Metering, (2) The Creation of Non-Profit Community Solar, and (3) Enhanced Customer Data Access. The bill does not apply to electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) or municipal electric utilities.

"Georgia has seen amazing growth of the solar industry since the Georgia Public Service Commission expanded the solar market in 2013 with strong support from then-Chairman Bubba McDonald and Commissioner Tim Echols," said GASEIA President Pete Corbett. 

"The Georgia General Assembly followed that up by passing the Solar Power Free-Market Act of 2015 from Representative Mike Dudgeon. Senate Bill 210 seeks to build upon these strong measures by improving the community solar market and updating net metering provisions in law. GASEIA members greatly appreciate Senator Anavitarte, other Senate sponsors, and the entire Georgia General Assembly for their support, input, and consideration."

"Solar energy has been an amazing benefit to Georgia," said Paulding County State Senator Jason Anavitarte. 

"Georgia is Top Ten for solar production and there are solar facilities in over 70 counties bringing jobs, economic development, and low-cost solar energy to local communities. Solar energy is also the lowest cost energy source per kilowatt in Georgia.

"The problem is there is a limited ability for residential homes, governments, nonprofits, and churches to access solar in Georgia. Ultimately, that is what this Senate Bill 210 is about, expanding energy choices for consumers, driving down rates, and improving the market for Georgia's solar small businesses."

Tags: Solar , Jobs
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