Georgia

Conservatives for Clean Energy Georgia Mission Statement

“Our Mission is to improve the lives of Georgians through more cost effective and cleaner energy. To promote free markets, more competition and a diverse portfolio of renewable energy sources to enhance our quality of life and to provide for our security.”

The Solar Boom in Georgia

Clean and renewable energy has become part a vital part of Georgia’s economy and future. Georgia is top ten for solar production with more on the way. The Georgia Public Service Commission started a push for solar over ten years ago and it has been done the conservative way, free market driven and reducing regulations that strangle the industry. Back then, Chairman Bubba McDonald and incoming Commissioner Tim Echols teamed up to lay the groundwork for what was to be the birth of solar in Georgia. See Conservatives for Clean Energy Georgia (CCEGA) interviews with Executive Director Theresa Garcia Robertson and Commissioners McDonald and Echols below as they describe in their own words how it all happened.

National Clean Energy Week in Georgia

National Clean Energy Week (NCEW)  has become a big deal in the Peach State. Governor Brian Kemp signed a proclamation honoring NCEW in 2019 and Georgia First Lady Marty Kemp graciously did a video welcome for NCEW 2020. CCEGA appreciates all our leaders supporting clean energy.

Clean Energy Is Good For Georgia's Economy

Clean and renewable energy has provided jobs and economic development throughout Georgia. Our abundance of sunshine and large tracts of rural land make Georgia the perfect solar destination. According to the U.S Department of Labor, solar and wind installers were the fastest growing occupations in the nation in 2019. Solar is also the largest commercial taxpayer in some counties helping to provide infrastructure, police stations, and firetrucks in addition to clean and efficient energy. When it comes to attracting investment, Walmart, Google, Facebook, and other corporations are demanding solar power in order to move their operations here. That translates to thousands of jobs for Georgians. The largest operational solar PV plant in the Southeastern United States is located in Twiggs County, Georgia. Please see the below interview with Georgia Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson as he discusses the impact of solar on Georgia’s economy.

Electric Vehicles, Solar Highways & The Ray

Georgia is so fortunate to have The Ray sponsored by the Ray Anderson Foundation. As the pioneering founder of carpet company Interface, Ray C. Anderson is a globally-recognized environmental leader who ushered sustainability into the business mainstream. Led by Executive Direcor Allie Kelly, The Ray has the nation’s only solar highway in West Point, Georgia. The Ray has also been at the forefront of the electric vehicle movement in Georgia. The innovation and research from The Ray’s projects will help to reimagine the future of America’s highways.

Clean Energy is Good for Our Communities and Cities

Clean energy is good for Georgia’s local communities and cities. Solar farms have given economic stability and clean energy to many counties in rural Georgia. Emory University has gone solar as well as a school in Smyrna, Georgia. Four Georgia cities have committed to going 100$ solar by 2040 or sooner, Atlanta, Savannah, Clarkston and Athens. There are solar farms in well over 50 counties that create jobs, clean energy with no coal ash clean-up, little to no noise, and home grown Georgia energy! See Theresa Garcia Robertson discus Senate Bill 95, extending solar contract for cites, in her  interview with Senator Randy Robertson Also, another CCEGA video production, “Solar for Georgia’s Communities!”

Leadership

Steve Butler | Advisor

Steve Butler has established himself as a key player in both legislative and electoral politics in Georgia. Butler has demonstrated the ability to produce results in several capacities, including External Affairs Specialist for Georgia Department of Education, Government Affairs Director for Grady Memorial Hospital, Southeastern Director of Government Affairs for DaVita and Chief of Staff for the Chairman of Fulton County. Since 2004 he has served as president of Connect Public Relations (CPR). CPR  is a full-service public relations firm in the areas of government affairs, public affairs, media consulting and policy development. CPR has extensive experience in healthcare, education, energy and local government issues.

Butler also writes, produces, and directs all CCEGA video interviews, promo clips, and public service announcements.

Theresa Garcia Robertson | State Director

Theresa Garcia Robertson is a native Georgian with a strong Conservative background as a consultant, writer, and speaker. She has worked with and for candidates and elected officials for over a decade, with campaign volunteer experience spanning twenty years. She managed former State Senator Josh McKoon’s first campaign and served five years as a regional Field Representative for Congressman Lynn Westmoreland. She has also worked for the Georgia Department of Economic Development as the Region 8 Project Manager under Commissioner Chris Carr. Theresa served three years as the Executive Director of the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens Presented by Southern Living.

Currently, Theresa manages communications and PR for individual members of the Georgia General Assembly and other elected officials, as well as small businesses across West Georgia.

Clean Energy Economics

  • Over 250 renewable energy companies are located in Georgia.
  • Georgia has a top ten clean energy economy with over 43,000 jobs.
  • There are solar projects in well over 50 counties.
  • Clean energy industries will add $5 billion to Georgia’s economy over the next decade.
  • Large companies like Google and Facebook are moving to Georgia because of our solar options providing jobs to local communities.

Clean Energy for Quality of Life

Clean air and clean water are vital components to our quality of life. Below are some of the current Georgia initiatives to expand clean energy, expand our economy and improve our daily lives.

  • Georgia’s rural electric co-ops are doubling capacity with an addition of one gigawatt of renewable energy by 2021, enough to power 180,000 homes.
  • Atlanta ranks 3rd in LEED* Certification and Georgia ranks 8th nationally.
  • Georgia is “Top Ten” in the country for solar capacity.
  • The City of Atlanta, Savannah, Clarkston, and Athens all have a plan to be operating completely on renewable energy by 2040 or sooner.
  • Rural communities are being positively impacted. Farmers are using most of their land for agriculture while signing 30 year contracts to provide solar on a small portion of their land providing stability for their operations.

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