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Georgia Power's 30-MW solar facility at Fort Benning now online

The 200-plus acre Fort Benning solar site uses nearly 134,000 photovoltaic panels to produce energy for Georgia homes and businesses.First of five military solar projects generating energy to serve Georgia customers

Georgia Power, the U.S. Army, the Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI), the General Services Administration and the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) today marked the start of operations of a new 30 megawatt (MW) solar project at Fort Benning, near Columbus, Georgia. The facility is the first of five on-base military solar projects currently being developed by Georgia Power in coordination with the Army and the Department of the Navy (DON).

"Since we first broke ground a year ago, this site has been transformed into a state-of-the-art solar facility that will deliver clean, reliable and affordable energy to our customers for years to come," said Norrie McKenzie, vice president of renewable development for Georgia Power at the event. "We look forward to seeing the rest of our military solar projects come online within the next year, and the positive benefits they will bring not only for our customers, but for the bases and local communities."

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EPA Celebrates Eight Georgia Graduates of Inaugural Environmental Justice Academy

During a ceremony at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored 21 graduates from the inaugural class of the Environmental Justice Academy, including eight from Georgia. The EJ Academy is a rigorous, in depth leadership development program. EPA provided the 9-month environmental justice training program to cultivate skills participants can use to identify and address environmental challenges in their communities.

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EPA Recognizes Clean Control Corporation in Warner Robins, Ga. as a 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award Winner

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Clean Control Corporation in Warner Robins, Ga. is among 24 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award winners across 12 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. The companies are being recognized for outstanding achievement in the design, manufacture, promotion and use of a range of cleaning and other household products that carry the Safer Choice label. Administrator McCarthy announced the winners at an event at a local hardware store in San Francisco. 

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Scientists, including UGA researcher, discover new reef system at mouth of Amazon River

A new reef system has been found at the mouth of the Amazon River, the largest river by discharge of water in the world. As large rivers empty into the world’s oceans in areas known as plumes, they typically create gaps in the reef distribution along the tropical shelves—something that makes finding a reef in the Amazon plume an unexpected discovery.

An international team—including scientists from the University of Georgia and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro—documented their findings in an April 22 study published in the journal Science Advances.

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Green Power EMC Named 2016 Solar Power Player Co-op Utility of the Year

Green Power EMC has been named the 2016 Solar Power Players Electric Cooperative Utility of the Year by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). The recognition took place on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Solar Power International (SPI) in Las Vegas.  The award honors electric utilities and their industry partners for creating programs embodying the innovation and collaboration that drives smart utility solar growth and expands access to distributed energy technologies for their customers.

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Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Celebrates New Office in Gainesville, GA

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) held the ribbon cutting ceremony for their new location for its Headwaters office. On Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) held the ribbon cutting ceremony for their new location for its Headwaters office.  The ribbon cutting was immediately followed by an open house for the community members where they enjoyed cookies and lemonade and tours of the new laboratory.  The new office replaces the former Headwaters office, which was at the North Georgia Community Foundation building.

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