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Harnessing the power of the sun

Development Authority Director Joe Bostick Development Authority Director Joe Bostick
CAMILLA, GA (WALB) - Camilla may be a small city, but it is on the cutting edge producing green energy. 

Besides the ethanol plant in Mitchell County, Camilla is home to Georgia's first utility scale solar power installation. Row after row of these blue solar panels that harness the power of the sun.

The 122 acres of solar panels was installed in December 2013, and is producing 20 megawatts of energy that goes into the Georgia Power grid. That is enough energy to run 20 big box stores like a Walmart year round.

For Camilla, the solar farm provides about 100 thousand dollars a year into their tax base.

"It provides quite a bit of ad velorum and school tax for our county. And it puts no requirement on our county's resources as far as roads, sewer, water, fire protection, police protection," said Mitchell Co. Development Authority Exec. Director Joe Bostick.

Since the Camilla Solar Farm was built, several more have been built around the state, but Camilla's was the very first utility scale installation. The Solar Farm is monitored from San Diego. 

As Camilla officials say, we have plenty of sunshine to help provide electricity.

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