Leading electricity generator partners with the University of Georgia to tackle the global energy challenge through solar technology research.
“Working … through strong relationships with organizations such as UGA, we have positioned Georgia as a national solar leader. Now more than ever, it’s essential that we continue to invest in the research and development of new technologies to make solar … as reliable, efficient and cost-effective for our customers as possible.”
Paul Bowers | Chairman, president and CEO | Georgia Power
In 2015, Georgia Power kicked off a two-year research collaboration with the UGA College of Engineering. The study is focusing on solar forecasting and the effects of solar panel soiling versus performance, to further demonstrate and advance solar energy in the state.
The new project is located on a 10-acre site owned by the university, but the facility is owned and operated by Georgia Power under a lease agreement. The energy produced there will flow to the state’s electric grid to serve customers and UGA will receive renewable energy credits.
“The complex problems facing our world today, such as the need to expand our sources of energy, require not only interdisciplinary efforts, but also multi-institutional efforts that involve higher education, private industry, and government. The Solar Tracking Demonstration Project is a perfect example of this type of broad collaboration, and the University of Georgia is pleased to be part of this exciting endeavor.”
Jere W. Morehead | President | University of Georgia
Georgia Power’s innovative solar programs are building one of the largest voluntary solar portfolios in the nation. By partnering with Georgia Power, UGA is helping promote sustainable energy production for a long-term solution to the world’s global energy crisis.
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