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“Solarize Middle Georgia” Workshop and Information Session – Tuesday, February 26th

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Perry, GA – Middle Georgia residents will soon have a new option to power their homes and businesses.  The coalition for Solarize Middle Georgia is holding a workshop and information session in Perry, GA in Houston County on Tuesday, February 26th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  The workshop will take place at the UGA Extension, Houston County offices, 801 Main Street, Perry, GA 31069. Residents of Houston County, including Perry, Centerville and Warner Robins are all invited to attend.  Solarize Middle Georgia runs for six months, through April 30, 2019.

Solarize Middle Georgia is a public awareness campaign to learn about solar opportunities that didn’t exist until recently.  This includes an opportunity for a free solar assessment on your home or business, and a way to potentially save money on your utility bills.  There is absolutely no financial obligation or requirement to purchase a solar system.  Should a family or business decide to go solar, what Solarize Middle Georgia offers is bulk-purchasing power, in addition to the 30% federal tax credit, that will begin to phase out after 2019.  The bulk-purchase model offers residents additional savings over those who install outside of the solarize program.

Solarize Middle Georgia is the first Solarize campaign in Georgia to span an entire region, including eleven counties, and 31 municipalities surrounding Macon and Warner Robins. Prior campaigns have reached out to one city and/or one city and county.

Ray Clark, Senior Advisor to the elected officials of the Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition (MGCAC) adds, “Solarize Middle Georgia is an important partner to MGCAC. While counties and municipalities in the coalition make significant contributions to improving air quality in the region, Solarize Middle Georgia is unique in that it offers every single household in Middle Georgia an opportunity to play a role in reducing air pollution.

“Creative Solar USA is thrilled and honored to be chosen as both the residential and commercial installer for the Solarize Middle Georgia Campaign,” said Russell Seifert, CEO for Creative Solar USA, the largest residential Georgia-based solar installer.  Mr. Seifert continued, “We look forward to working with the Campaign’s coalition members, as well as the residents and businesses in Middle Georgia, to further the expansion of renewable energy in our state.” Georgia ranks 10th in the nation for installed solar capacity but most of the energy we use in our homes still comes from coal, gas and nuclear power plants. Community Solarize programs are working to change that. Prior Solarize programs include Tybee Island, Savannah, Athens, Decatur/DeKalb, Dunwoody, Atlanta, Carroll-Carrollton, and Newton-Morgan. Over half of the rooftop solar capacity in Georgia has been generated through Solarize programs. Solarize campaigns are supported by the U. S. Department of Energy.