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Statement from SELC and SACE on Georgia Power’s Withdrawal of Solar Tax

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Contact:
Katie Ottenweller, Staff Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center, 404-521-9900
Jennifer Rennicks, Director of Policy & Communications, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, 865-235-1448

The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) applaud Georgia Power’s decision to withdraw its proposed solar tariff as part of a settlement agreement filed Monday with the Georgia Public Service Commission. SELC represented SACE in the rate case to advocate against the proposed tax as an unjustified and punitive measure on customers who deploy solar to offset their electricity consumption.

If approved, the solar tax would have represented a step backward from the Georgia Public Service Commission’s recent support for investments in money-saving solar. Rather than crippling Georgia’s budding solar industry through unjust taxes, Georgia Power should conduct a full, fair, and transparent evaluation of the many benefits solar provides. Customers making the significant investment required to “go solar” can then receive appropriate credit for the benefits they provide to all customers in the form of grid stability, reduced energy costs, and other benefits.

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About Southern Environmental Law Center:
The Southern Environmental Law Center is a regional nonprofit using the power of the law to protect the health and environment of the Southeast (Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama). Founded in 1986, SELC’s team of nearly 60 legal and policy experts represent more than 100 partner groups on issues of climate change and energy, air and water quality, forests, the coast and wetlands, transportation, and land use. www.SouthernEnvironment.org

For more information on why the proposed solar tariff would have impeded Georgia’s ability to take full advantage of its abundant solar energy potential, click here.

About Southern Alliance for Clean Energy:
The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (“SACE”) has been a leading voice for energy policy to protect the quality of life and treasured places in the Southeast, including Alabama, since 1985. SACE works to minimize the impact of the energy sector on the Southeast’s communities, natural resources, and economies. SACE also works to support clean energy, air, water, and safe communities. www.cleanenergy.org