Q&A on the News

Q: Why wasn’t the Georgia Dome implosion sprayed with water to keep the dust cloud down, which in turn reduces pollution?

—Alan Evans, Marietta

A: The site was being sprayed with water before and during the implosion event to reduce dust as much as possible, a spokeswoman for the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) told Q&A on the News via email. This is standard protocol for all implosions.

Spraying or misting the structure with water only provides a nominal improvement on resulting dust, as the majority of that comes from the newly exposed concrete inside the structure, according to the GWCCA.

Q: There are acres of solar panels along Highway 96 west of Butler. Who owns these panels? Are there other similar large solar arrays in Georgia?

—Tim Eastling, Atlanta

A: The solar panels visible from Highway 96 in west central Georgia are part of the Pawpaw Solar Facility, a 416-acre energy field owned by Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co. Southern Power purchased the 30-megawatt Taylor County facility from Longview Solar LLC in 2015.

In total, the state of Georgia has 176 utility-scale solar farms — which, according to Don Moreland, chair of the Georgia Solar Energy Association, describes any facility of 5 acres or larger that sells 100 percent of its energy back to the grid.

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