Ellijay, North Georgia Home Of New 220 Panel Solar Energy SystemPosted on Monday, March 12th, 2012 at 5:19 pm by Solar Energy USA
Georgia Solar Company Installs 220 Panel Solar Energy System In North Georgia
North Georgia is home to another large commercial solar energy installation with the recent completion of a 52.80kW solar array atop the Blue Ridge Mountain Woodcrafts manufacturing facility located in Ellijay, Georgia. According to the Georgia Solar Energy Association, the state of Georgia ranks tenth among the states with the greatest energy potential from solar power. And thanks to the Georgia Clean Energy Tax Credit which covers 35% of the cost of installing a photovoltaic (PV) solar energy system, many Georgia businesses like Blue Ridge Mountain Woodcrafts in North Georgia are considering installing solar panels to create their own power and take advantage of Georgia’s sunny climate.
According to Brian Linkous, head of Solar Energy USA of North Georgia, Chattanooga, and the Tri-State region, the solar firm responsible for designing, installing, and maintaining the solar energy system, “This solar project was installed in the beginning of March, and will save Blue Ridge Mountain Woodcrafts over one million dollars in energy costs over it’s expected life.” The rooftop solar array is comprised of over 200 German-engineered 240-watt solar panels manufactured in the state of Georgia.
“In a North Georgia county that has a high unemployment rate, this solar project helped put many Georgians to work manufacturing and installing the panels. And, at the same time, installing this solar energy system will save Blue Ridge Mountain Woodcrafts a bundle of money, allowing them to decrease their fixed costs and continue employing over 30 local workers. These employees buy local products and pay sales tax on local goods and services which helps the Gilmer County economy sustain itself,” Linkous added.
The 52.8kW solar project included the latest in microinverter technology which will allow Blue Ridge Mountain Woodcrafts to monitor the energy production of the rooftop solar power system at all times.
The solar power system is expected to generate over 79,000 kWh of energy in it’s first year of operation. This is equivalent to $12,000 dollars in energy at 2012 power rates.
“We are looking forward to seeing the effect this system will have on our power consumption and our monthly power bill,” said Sam Thompson, owner of Blue Ridge Mountain Woodcrafts in Ellijay. “Hopefully someday we will be able offset 100% of our power consumption with solar.”
Specializing in affordable North Georgia solar installations, the North Georgia Solar Energy USA office is located in the beautiful town of Ellijay, Georgia amongst the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Solar Energy USA of North Georgia is a proud member of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce and focuses on helping local businesses save money through energy efficiency measures that dramatically reduce a power bill. Click here to contact Solar Energy USA of North Georgia.