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Solar Panels have a bright future

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Part of the 1 Megawatt solar array recently completed in Blairsville.  Photo: Renewable Properties, LLC. Part of the 1 Megawatt solar array recently completed in Blairsville. Photo: Renewable Properties, LLC.
An aerial view of the 1 Megawatt solar array recently finished in Blairsville.  Photo: Renewable Properties, LLC. An aerial view of the 1 Megawatt solar array recently finished in Blairsville. Photo: Renewable Properties, LLC.
Part of another solar array completed in Arlington a few months ago.  At the time it was the largest array in the state. Part of another solar array completed in Arlington a few months ago. At the time it was the largest array in the state.
The Blairsville solar array can power about 150 homes for a year.  Photo: Renewable Properties, LLC. The Blairsville solar array can power about 150 homes for a year. Photo: Renewable Properties, LLC.

By Jay Polk - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Despite making up only 4-percent of the world's population, Americans consume one quarter of the world's energy.

A South Georgia company is working to generate more green energy.

The sun shone Wednesday in South Georgia.  While most people think that it's time to break out the sunglasses, Trey Pippin was thinking about something else:  "I think electricity," he said.

Pippin is the president of Renewable Properties LLC, and they're are looking to change the way that people get their power.

"It's a company we formed specifically to develop these solar projects," he said.

Using technology developed at Georgia Tech and a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, they recently helped to complete a project in Arlington.

Pippin said, "it was a 200 kW project."

That's enough power to run dozens of homes. The success there led to an even larger project in the North Georgia town of Blairsville.

"It'll produce 1.3 million kilowatt hours per year. That's enough energy to power roughly about 150 homes," said Pippin.

In total, that means more than 200 homes will be getting their power indirectly from these two solar arrays. While going solar energy isn't cheap, there are incentives available to help both individuals and companies get some of their power from alternative sources.

"The state of Georgia offers a 35 per cent tax credit for companies and smaller tax credit for individuals for installing anything from geothermal air conditioning systems, to solar to other renewable technologies," said Pippin.

For now, solar panels can't fulfill all of the nation's energy needs. Still, solar is one option to fill those needs. It could be a big part of how we get our electricity.

Pippin said, "I think the future is bright."

And if solar and other forms of renewable energy are utilized, the future for the American economy could be just as bright.

To find out how you can sign up for tax incentives to install renewable energy source in your home, you can click here.

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