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Energy Efficiency/ Renewable Energy

Cobb EMC customers chose solar power after problems at co-op
June 6, 2012

The Marietta Daily Journal reports that Cobb EMC co-op owner/member Michael Jones is reaping the benefits of solar power with bills as low as $9.00 per month for his 3,000 square foot home.

Jones reduced the installtion costs by using financing from his co-op and selling excess power back to it. The MDJ reports that eight Cobb EMC customers installed solar panels for their homes last year and that number should double in 2012.

Largest solar farm in Georgia coming to Davisboro, and it will supply power to Cobb EMC
April 13, 2012

On the heels of the Green House Gas rule announcement today (see below), developers have announced plans to build Georgia's largest solar farm just miles from the proposed coal fired power plant.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that Cobb EMC will purchase clean, renewable, solar power from the facility generated right here in Washington County. Cobb had been the lead partner in Power4Georgians until it withdrew from the co-op collaborative in January.


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Jobs and Clean Energy


Another renewable energy business coming to Washington County
September 18, 2012

Governor Deal's office announced General Biofuels, a company producing wood pellets for use in Europe, will invest $60M in a facility to be located on Waco Drive near Wal-Mart. The plant will create 35 jobs at the facility in addition to increasing demand for other goods and services in the area.Production is scheduled to begin in early 2014. 


Charles Lee told FACE's Executive Director Katherine Helms Cummings that the plant will not require wells or additional infrastructure from the city to supply water, and that while he didn't have a specific gallon per day figure, it would be significantly less than the 16M gallons Plant Washington would require.

Lee said that with the significant shift away from coal in Europe, wood pellet energy fuel will be in greater demand in the future, and General Biofuels will be well positioned to help meet those market demands from Washington County.

General Biofuels is the second renewable energy business that has chosen Washington County this year. A 10 MW solar farm was announced for Davisboro in the spring. That facility will supply power to Cobb EMC, a former leader in Plant Washington before dropping the coal plant project in January.

Wind power blows jobs into Georgia

June 2, 2012

Wind energy created 600 hundreds in Georgia but the state faces significant challenges in using wind power due to current regulations.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Georgia will host an international wind energy convention here with delegates attending from Europe and China.

Solutions

Save on energy efficient applicances
October 4, 2012

If you’re in the market for a new plumbing fixture or appliance, this weekend is a good time to buy. From Oct. 5 through Oct. 7, select WaterSense and ENERGY STAR products will be exempt from state and local sales taxes. 

WaterSense labeled toilets, showerheads and faucets use at least 20 percent less water. Replacing just one old toilet with a WaterSense-labeled one can save nearly 7,000 gallons of water per person per year. 

The sales tax holiday on WaterSense and ENERGY STAR products will start Friday, Oct. 5, at 12:01 a.m. and will continue through the weekend until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7. WaterSense and ENERGY STAR products with a sales price of $1,500 or less purchased for noncommercial home or personal use during the sales tax holiday will be Georgia state and local sales tax‐free. 

Visit EPA’s websites to search for WaterSense and ENERGY STAR products. Items that may qualify include:

WaterSense
Bathroom sink faucets, faucet accessories (such as aerators), high-efficiency toilets, high-efficiency urinals, showerheads, weather- or sensor-based irrigation controllers


ENERGY STAR 
Air conditioners, ceiling fans, clothes washers, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, doors, fluorescent light bulbs, programmable thermostats, refrigerators, windows


To learn other ways you can save water, energy, and money, visit Chattahoochee Riverkeeper's web site No Time to Waste link.


Easy ways to reduce energy and water use

You can reduce usage, and save money, with some simple steps at home, at work, and in your church. These solutions were developed by Georgia Interfaith Power and Light.

Green Your Home

Save Energy by switching to CFLs, insulating your home, installing programmable thermostats, buying Energy Star appliances, or even requesting a home energy audit.

Be a Smart Shopper by buying local and organic foods, recycled products, second-hand goods and clothing, and only buying what you need.

Reduce Waste by buying products with less packaging, recycling, or starting a compost bin.

Drive Less by taking public transportation, carpooling, riding a bike, or walking, or check out these tips for saving gas!

Conserve Water by shortening your showers, installing low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators to reduce water flow, or using a front-loading clothes washer to decrease water and energy usage.

Green Your Church

Save Energy by getting an Energy Audit through Power Wise, buying Green Power, or shopping for energy efficient appliances

Learn More by downloading study guides, hosting a film screening, or booking a speaker.

Celebrate Creation in worship by incorporating scripture, prayers, hymns, or sermon topics that reflect on our call to care for creation.