Smith didn’t mince words when talking about the energy savings. He said it would take the bill down by about 90 percent. Since the business doesn’t operate at night, if everything were shut down save the refrigerator, the bill could go down by as much as 99 percent. For a business, saving that much in energy costs is huge. It’s big for homeowners as well, who often find energy costs are their biggest expenses associated with owning a home. Imagine looking through the Savannah real estate market and finding Savannah homes for sale with installed solar panels. The energy-conscious attitude of the Savannah area could benefit home owners and buyers for years to come.
Even though Solarize and other local competitors have gotten the attention and contracts of home owners and businesses, these projects pale somewhat to the size of the new installations from Georgia Power. Fort Stewart in Hinesville and Fort Gordon in August are preparing to premiere two 30-megawatt facilities for solar power generation. Each facility spans over 200 acres. A third installation will debut as part of Georgia’s 3×30 solar project. These are scheduled to be finished and delivering power by the end of next year.
The Georgia Public Service Commission pushed for the development of these new projects and they will be brought online at about the same cost, or less, than it would cost for them to generate similar energy from another source. The Solar Power Free-Market Financing Act was also signed into law by Georgia’s governor on May 12. This law allows financing solar panel construction through property owners paying for the installed system’s electricity production.