Time to move forward on solar power

A recent guest column suggested support for solar power due to cost was not worth the vote, but ratepayers deserve better.

Solar power is needed and is common sense; there is no wasted fuel or emissions and it will create jobs here in Georgia.

Georgia Power has no future plans for solar resources. That is strange because its parent company, The Southern Company, buys solar energy from states like California, which means jobs and taxes go to California.

Most power plants in Georgia are coal-fired plants. Coaling mining industry in 2012 cut over 7,000 jobs and, as of January 2013, there are only 80,000 coal miners.

Solar power has create jobs all over America. Over 93,000 jobs were created in 2010, over 105,000 jobs in 2011, over 119,000 jobs in 2012, and in 2013, 135,000 jobs in support and manufacturing will be created. In Georgia alone, over 1,700 solar jobs were created in 2012. How many industries grew 13 percent in 2012?

Georgia ratepayers should benefit from solar power. The sun is the greatest natural resource. Solar power benefits everyone.

Rick Page

Newnan



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