Last week, Georgia Power and the U.S. Army officially flipped the switch on a new 30 megawatt solar farm on 250 acres on Fort Stewart, near Hinesville. The 250-acre solar farm is the fourth completed solar installation out if five Georgia Power is building on military bases in Georgia.
Meanwhile, homeowners’ and small businesses have been slow to install small-scale solar units on their rooftops. Trees shade many roofs, and the projects are slow to break even because of Georgia offers few subsidies or cost savings compared to many states, experts say.
Solar Decatur-DeKalb's program aims to help with evaluating whether solar power makes sense on customers' homes or businesses, and bulk-purchase agreements with two local contractors who agreed to lower their prices as more customers sign up for solar installations. The project contractors are also working with Norcross-based Suniva, one of the nation's largest solar panel manufacturers, to supply their solar panels.