MAGE SOLAR ACADEMY, part of the globally operating MAGE GROUP, welcomed municipality representatives from a host of different counties and cities across Georgia at its training facility for a special all-day workshop on solar energy.
More than 30 participants attended the inaugural Solar Civics 101 course at MAGE SOLAR ACADEMY in Middle Georgia. Among the attendees were city managers and engineers, economic development officials, as well as county commissioners and chamber presidents. The purpose of the seminar was to inform and educate the officials on how to foster sustainable energy solutions in their communities. The course covered the fundamentals of solar energy and different types of photovoltaic applications. It also provided information on incentives and grant programs.
The newly developed class was inaugurated by the guests of honor Public Service Commissioners McDonald and Everett. The Commissioners had taken the opportunity to meet with company officials and to take a first-hand look at the training and education facility which is located at the North American Headquarters of the PV-module manufacturer.
“The economics of solar make sense,” Commissioner McDonald commented. “It takes very little time to implement solar; the transportation and maintenance costs are really negligible. The benefits of solar power do add up.” In a statement earlier this month, McDonald had urged power companies to expand solar power projects as a way to generate clean energy that is independent from fluctuating fossil fuel prices.
Joe Thomas, President of MAGE SOLAR ACADEMY, was pleased about the success of Solar Civics 101: “City and county governments all around the nation work hard to improve and strengthen their communities in times of tight budgets. To see some of them come here today and take such an interest in solar, shows that renewable energy solutions are indeed on the minds of all areas, rural and urban. It is our job to inform these community leaders about the tremendous potential solar has for their citizens, businesses, and municipalities.”