Last summer in a Green Tech Media article, Georgia Power received a disturbing headline. The headline was Georgia Power’s Rooftop Solar Program Signs Up Only 5 Customers. The implication was there was no solar market in Georgia for residential sign-ups. After all, the article reported that there were over 10,000 inquiries but only 5 customers who had actually signed up and gotten a solar installation. What was wrong with Georgia citizens?
The article went on further to explain that solar was really only a utility scale play.
Well, solar advocates and installers have one thing to say, Au contraire! (Translation: To the Contrary.) Four Solarize programs in Georgia have installed over 200 residential solar rooftops. This proves that the interest in residential solar implementation is about education, outreach and policy and not a form filled out on a website. With far fewer enrollees, about 3,000, and almost during the same amount of time, Solarize programs have proven a model for true success for the citizens of Georgia interested in residential solar.