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Environment Georgia on Solar Energy in the State

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Georgia ranks 7th in the nation when it comes to growth in solar power generation since 2011. That’s according to a new report by Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center. The organization hosted a webinar about that report. Jennette Gayer is with the nonprofit, which supports the Build Back Better plan.

“What are we excited about in this infrastructure package? Top on our list is 55 billion [dollars] for water infrastructure, including 15 billion to remove lead pipes and 200 million to address lead in school drinking water, expanding the electric vehicle charging network in this country, funding for thousands of clean electric school buses and zero emission transit buses.”

The passage of Build Back Better could also mean more jobs in Georgia.

Gayer was joined by panelists from various manufacturing companies including Blue Bird, Q CELLS and 5K Battery, who all said they would expand their operations in Georgia.

“With some of the funding that is proposed in the Build Back Better Act, we would have plans to expand even further,” said Andy Moore with Blue Bird.

“Likewise, Q CELLS absolutely plans to invest significant dollars in the state of Georgia,” according to Scott Moskowitz, Director of Public Affairs for Q CELLS.

Georgia has seen a 169-fold increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun since 2011, had nearly 45,000 electric vehicles on the roads as of September and more than 37 hundred public EV charging ports.

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