While the saying is that “things are bigger in Texas,” just head a few states east to Georgia, and you’ll find one of the country’s biggest states for solar.
Georgia is home to over 2,600 MW of installed solar equipment, with enough solar/PV paneling installed to power 304,759 homes! The total solar investment in Georgia has been $3,186.48.
In Dalton, GA, located in the northern part of the state, Hanwha Q Cells opened a 1.7 GW factory in 2019 which was the largest solar factory in the Western Hemisphere (source: pv-magazine-usa.com).
Trends in Georgia’s Solar Industry
The solar industry in Georgia is very strong.
SEIA named the Peach State #9 in their annual ranking of states with the most solar growth. In a similar outlook, Georgia is projected to install another +1,700 MW of solar installations in the next five year, which is ranked #11 by SEIA.
Georgia is home to multiple utility-scale installations. One example would be the Butler Solar Facility (pictured, image Source: Community Energy, Inc.). This installation located in Butler, GA, produces over 100 MW, which can power over 11,650 homes!
Georgia Solar Panel Decommissioning and Recycling
As one of the nine states with over 2,000 MW of installed PV equipment, the demand for a safe, economical, and responsible solar panel recycling program in Georgia will only grow over time.
Besides just the solar panel recycling, Georgia landowners should also have concerns related to the overall decommissioning of obsolete or end-of-life installations as a whole. While an abandoned solar field could be left as “brownfield,” proper decommissioning planning before an installation is even developed can ensure that the land can be reused and neighboring areas should not be worried about contamination to the ground or any nearby water.
Looking for decommissioning or solar panel recycling in Georgia? Talk to the We Recycle Solar team.
Unless otherwise noted, all data from SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight