VIDEO: Ga. Power proposed rate hike, solar fee blasted | savannahnow.com

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VIDEO: Ga. Power proposed rate hike, solar fee blasted | savannahnow.com

“Unconscionable” and “theft” were two of the words used Thursday evening to describe a residential rate hike and fee on solar installations proposed by Georgia Power.

More than 50 people attended a meeting sponsored by Georgia Watch and the Sierra Club at the Coastal Georgia Center to discuss the issues.

The rate hike, proposed in July, would have average residential customers paying almost $8 more a month. Some homeowners with solar panels would pay a new monthly fee of about $22 by Georgia Power’s estimations.

That solar fee was on a lot of minds Thursday.

WTOC Meteorologist Pat Prokop explained how he has not only put solar panels on his home, but also added spray foam insulation and energy-efficient windows.

“Why should I as a solar user be penalized for greenifying my home?” he asked.

The proposed solar fee doesn’t apply to solar panels installed on residential rooftops before Jan. 1, 2014. Customers who sell all the electricity they produce to Georgia Power are exempt as are those who opt for a residential time of use demand rate.

Debbie Dooley, a co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots, called for an end to monopoly power companies and a transition to a free market system beginning with solar.

“I think it’s unconscionable that Georgia Power wants to tax you if you put a solar unit on your private property,” said Dooley, who also helped found the Green Tea Coalition where her group finds common ground on energy issues with groups like the Sierra Club.

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