THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) - Solar energy is growing, but anyone in Thomas County wanting to install a solar system will have to wait at least 30 days. The county put a moratorium in place to establish policies.
Precision auto craft is the only business in the city that has solar panels installed. But folks in the county have called the planning and zoning office recently about solar installations.
As the cost of solar energy systems has gone down in recent years, installations have gone up.
"We want to have a level playing field for anyone who is interested in the business," said Mike Stephenson, Thomas County Manager.
Thomas County commissioners recently decided to put in place a 30 day moratorium on solar installations.
"We currently don't have regulations that specifically address the solar panels." said Stephenson.
During the next 30 days, the county plans to work on getting those policies in place.
"Before we start issuing permits for the solar panels we wanted to review the regulations that might be available," said Stephenson.
They saw a need for this when calls kept coming in to the planning and zoning office about getting solar installed.
It's an energy method that could save home and business owners money.
Some businesses say they save around $80 to $90 a month on their electric cost.
"We're pretty confident that we will have something in place that will work to the interest of the developers and the interest of the community," said Stephenson.
So what do businesses here do if they already have solar installed?
"We don't have any large installations so the ones we have will be grandfathered in," said Stephenson.
The reason this started is because the county believes there could be larger solar systems proposed, and they need to have regulations in place for that.