Georgia Solar Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 26, 2011

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Julie Hairston

Communications Director

Georgia Solar Energy Association

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GEORGIA SOLAR TOUR TO SHOWCASE

BENEFITS OF SOLAR INVESTMENT STATEWIDE

Atlanta, GA – The annual Georgia Solar Tour opened dozens of solar sites throughout the state for tours and discussion on Saturday.

Coordinated by the Georgia Solar Energy Association, the solar tour is part of the National Solar Tour, which this year opened some 5,500 installations in 3,200 communities nationwide. Georgians all over the state experienced and learned more about how solar energy, America’s fastest-growing industry, is bringing jobs, investment and advanced technology to our state.

The total market value of the American solar energy industry grew an astonishing 67 percent from $3.6 billion in 2009 to $6 billion in 2010, and this growth has continued in 2011.

And with an expanded pool of state tax credits for solar installations in Fiscal 2012, 2013 and 2014 and available federal incentives, the Georgia market’s enthusiasm for clean, safe, renewable energy has blossomed. Solar’s increasing efficiency and the falling cost of solar equipment – which has come down more than 30 percent in the past year – have made solar energy in all its forms more affordable and practical than ever.

Georgia is home to one of the leading photovoltaic research institutes in the country, the University Center for Photovoltaics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The state also is home to one of the most respected solar academies for professional industry training, the MAGE Solar Academy in Dublin, which draws students from all over the nation and as far away as Latin America.

Media reports of major installations and Georgia’s positioning for utility-scale solar developments have cropped up regularly in recent months.

Georgia Solar Tour Chairman Anthony Coker said this year’s solar tour offered the public a sample of what solar investment is contributing to the state and why studies consistently show Georgia among the nation’s top locations for solar energy potential.

“We think the Georgia Solar Tour will show that Georgia’s solar industry is creating skilled jobs, producing energy savings for homeowners and businesses, and expanding our domestic energy portfolio,” Coker said. “And we hope that Georgians who participate in the tour will recognize the promise this holds for boosting the state’s economy.

For more information, visit www.gasolar.org.

About the Georgia Solar Energy Association. GSEA is non-profit organization that is leading the statewide effort to promote the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy in Georgia through advocacy, education and public support.  GSEA is working to make Georgia a national leader in clean energy and sustainable development.

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