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      Twitter town hall teaches public

      Public Service Commissioner, Tim Echols, hosted the first-ever Twitter town hall on the subject of solar power in Georgia.

      / @timechols


      Local leaders are looking to bring more solar power to the state of Georgia.

      Public Service Commissioner, Tim Echols, hosted the first-ever Twitter town hall on the subject of solar power in Georgia.

      Everyone was invited to join the conversation and ask questions in 140 characters or less while using the #gasolarchat to stay connected to the conversation.

      The purpose of the twitter town hall is to make the public more aware of the solar issues around the state of Georgia.

      Echols says that "some feel like Georgia is behind in solar when they look at other states. We don't have a mandate."

      When asked if Georgia would get a mandate, Echols responded that mandates increase costs and we need economic advantage. Georgia Power is helping do that by adding solar responsibility in a manner that does not put upward pressure on rates.

      Georgia Power continues to monitor current technology and how they mature in the marketplace.

      The state will benefit from solar prices because they are at an all-time low. Due to geographic location, Georgia is in a great spot for solar development.

      Legislatures are in the middle of making decisions about the Integrated Resource Plan for the upcoming twenty years.

      Stay connected to MySouthWestGA.com as stories develop and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 PM. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to join in on the conversation and connect with FOX 31!

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