Major federal solar energy investments announced for South Ga. – WALB

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WALB) – On Monday, Feb. 26, Georgia Senators Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff announced a new group of clean energy grants coming to South Georgia.

The grants include a $819,126 award for Storm Services Texas LLC — a solar production company in Thomasville — a $30,000 award for Calhoun County’s Conner Insurance Agency LLC and a $25,601 grant for Finish Line Storage LLC in Lee County. This totals $874,000 in federal investments to help South Georgia businesses purchase and install solar panels, according to a release.

“This latest set of investments will help South Georgia small businesses in rural communities adopt energy-efficient systems designed to save them money and protect our planet,” Senator Reverend Warnock said. “Our rural communities are the heart of our state and too often get left behind when it comes to federal funding, so I’m deeply committed to continuing my work in Washington to reverse that trend in Georgia.”

“Senator Warnock and I continue to champion energy security and energy independence to lower energy costs for Georgia’s farmers and businesses,” Senator Ossoff said. “I thank President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Secretary Vilsack for helping deliver this investment in Georgia’s energy future.”

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) provided $2 billion to the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for renewable energy systems and energy-efficient improvement grants for agricultural producers and small business owners, according to the release.

Infusion funds from the IRA allow local communities to see greater federal support to cover the cost of energy-efficient projects.

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