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Georgia Power balks at Senate solar power proposal

Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - A Senate proposal that would clear the way for private property owners and businesses in Georgia to buy solar panels and power from a third party has several supporters. But one major opponent could make getting the legislation through this session a formidable challenge.

Supporters including lawmakers, businesses and environmentalists say Senate Bill 401 encourages renewable energy options for the state, supports private property rights, is good for power consumers and will boost local economies. But the state's main electricity provider, Georgia Power, says the proposal would illegally infringe on the company's territory and drive up rates for customers.

The bill has been assigned to a committee but has yet to have a hearing. The legislation must pass at least one chamber of the house before the 30th day of the Legislature to remain alive this session.


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