According to AJC news, a decade ago, coal was king in Georgia. Solar energy was written off as virtually meaningless in the eyes of Georgia Power, the state’s dominant electric company, and many other utilities. But a power shift is undeniably underway, and with it comes upsides for metro Atlanta consumers: A cheap source of energy and none of the carbon footprint that has been blamed for worsening climate change.
Georgia Power’s newly updated 20-year energy plan calls for closing five coal-burning units. Additionally, two of the four at its largest coal facility, Plant Bowen in Cartersville, could be shuttered in the next few years.
Right now, the sun supplies just a fraction of Georgia Power’s energy: less than 3 percent of what it sold in 2018. The company declined to publicly disclose what it projects that number will be in the future. Yet its solar holdings have been growing for years. By one measure, it could amount to nearly a fifth of Georgia Power’s peak summertime generating capacity by 2024, according to public disclosures filed with the state. ——————–***——————–
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