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Drawdown Georgia and Solar Power in the State

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Reducing carbon emissions is a task facing scientists, environmentalists and others around the globe. Experts in Georgia one of the biggest sources of renewable energy available for the Peach State is Solar energy. Unfortunately, only about two percent of our electricity comes from solar.

Blair Beasley is director of climate strategies at the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. She discusses Drawdown Georgia, a state-specific plan for climate solutions.

"This roadmap of 20 high-impact solutions really spans the economy," according to Beasley. "Including the electricity sector, the transportation sector, buildings and materials, food and agriculture; as well as land sinks, that naturally pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere like forests and costal marshes."

Drawdown Georgia is aimed at making a difference this decade.

"Our work is really focused on what Georgia can do today with the technology that's ready to go, to most cost effectively and efficiently reduce carbon emissions across our economy."

Our work is really focused on what Georgia can do today with the technology that's ready to go, to most cost effectively and efficiently reduce carbon emissions across our economy.

Dr. Thomas Lawrence is a professor in UGA’s College of Engineering.

"Nowadays, actually studied and results, in many places of the country it's actually cheaper to build a solar farm or a wind farm than it is to operate a coal-fired plant," Thomas said.

Drawdown Georgia was the result of a collaboration of researchers from UGA, Georgia Tech, Emory and Georgia State universities.

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