Accomplishments

MGCAC Receives NADO Impact Award for Brosnan Yard Locomotive Conversions

In partnership with the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, and Norfolk Southern, the Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition (MGCAC) has received a 2020 NADO Impact Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). The Impact Award program honors NADO members for their creative approaches to advancing regional economic development and improved […]

MGCAC Adopts Model Solar Ordinance

At the regular MGCAC meeting on June 11, 2020, the Executive Board approved a model solar ordinance for counties and municipalities throughout the Middle Georgia region. With the hard work of the coalition’s Air Quality Advisory Committee, MGCAC was able to produce a template that can be adopted by local governments who are looking to […]

Chairman Ned Sanders Receives EPA’s 2019 Thomas W. Zosel Outstanding Individual Achievement Award

In a ceremony hosted in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized former Houston County Commission Chairman, Ned Sanders, with the 2019 Thomas W. Zosel Outstanding Individual Achievement Award. Through this award program, EPA recognizes and honors individuals whose efforts have helped to make progress in achieving cleaner […]

MGCAC Receives Visionary Leadership Award

At the Annual Partner’s Meeting of the Southeast Diesel Collaborative (SEDC) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition was announced as the 2019 SEDC Visionary Leadership Award Winner for all the outstanding efforts to improve air quality in Middle Georgia. Particular projects of note related to MGCAC’s recognition include the successful conversion of […]

Solarize Middle Georgia Campaign Concluded

On August 1, 2019, Solarize Middle Georgia completed its campaign to expand access to affordable small-scale solar energy systems throughout the region. The campaign is proud to announce that Solarize Middle Georgia met its goal of Tier 6 residential pricing ($2.75/watt), the lowest available price on solar energy in Middle Georgia! Thanks for making Middle […]

New Locomotives Dedicated at Brosnan Yard

The Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition, Norfolk Southern, Georgia EPD, community partners, and more gathered at Brosnan Yard to celebrate the dedication of six new eco-friendly locomotives (including three mother-slug sets). These locomotives replace a total of nine old diesel locomotives operating at Brosnan Yard. As a result of efforts by the MGCAC, Norfolk Southern […]

Sam Kitchens Named 2018 Solar Advocate of the Year

The Macon-Bibb Director of Parks and Beautification, and Vice Chairman of the Jones County Board of Commissioners, Sam Kitchens received the 2018 Solar Advocate Award from the Georgia Solar Energy Association on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at the organization’s annual Holiday Celebration. Mr. Kitchens was honored for his decade-long efforts to bring solar resources and […]

November 8, 2018 – Groundbreaking Occurs on Largest Solar Installation in Eastern United States

Representatives from Twiggs County, the Georgia Public Service Commission, Georgia Power, Origis Energy, and First Solar, Inc. gathered today in western Twiggs County for the groundbreaking of a massive new solar installation, which will cover 2,000 acres off US-23. The facility will have a capacity of 261 MW and can power an estimated 42,804 homes, […]

October 5, 2017 – City of Forsyth Cuts Ribbon on First EV Charger

This morning, Mayor Eric Wilson and the Forsyth City Council gathered to cut the ribbon on the city’s first electric vehicle (EV) charging station, located at 200 S. Kimball Street, just off the town square. The Forsyth EV station was the first project within the MGCAC region to utilize matching funds through the MGCAC Clean […]

May 16, 2017 – Georgia Power Announces 139 MW Solar Energy Project for Robins AFB

In a ceremony held at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia Power announced plans to build a new 139 megawatt (MW) solar facility adjacent to Robins Air Force Base (AFB). The project was approved earlier that day by the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC). This site will become the largest solar project constructed […]