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TAG Names City of Valdosta Smart Energy Municipality of the Year
December 10, 2014, Atlanta, GA - The Technology Association of Georgia’s Smart Energy Society last week named the City of Valdosta as Georgia’s Smart Energy Municipality of the Year. The award was presented as part of a gathering on December 5th to celebrate spectacular achievements in the energy industry by individuals, company and governments throughout Georgia.
The City of Valdosta, represented by Larry Hanson, took the prize for their consistent energy saving initiatives and efforts to serve its residents and promote economic growth through sustainable and smart energy.
In 2011, and again in 2013, the City negotiated contracts for a total of 2.35 megawatts of solar photovoltaic energy at the Mud Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, some of which can be sold back to the Georgia Power Company. Valdosta is one of five cities in Georgia to convert all street lights to LED, and will enjoy greater stability, longer bulb life and a significant reduction to the former $1.2 million budget to operate street lights throughout the City.
Utilizing cost-effective investments and creative conservation measures, the City of Valdosta Utility’s goal of 10 percent energy reduction will soon be a reality. The Energy Efficiency programs include Central Plant Improvements, Lift Station Upgrades, Smart Energy, Solar Energy, Control of Storm water Infiltration, and Education and Training.
In accepting the award, Mr. Hanson stated that “innovation is often a little ahead of regulation,” and called on state-wide changes to encourage the type of success Valdosta is enjoying.
The Georgia Department of Corrections, the runner-up for the award, is the first state agency to implement a guaranteed energy performance contract. Their $4.5 million contract with Johnson Controls at Buford State Prison alone results in nearly $500,000 avoided costs per year and a 97% reduction in water use.
Other awards that night were given to Advanced Control Systems for Smart Energy Company of the Year and to Pete Marte of Hannah Solar for Smart Energy Professional of the Year.
The evening opened with comments from Janet Joseph, Executive Director of the Heating Energy Assistance Team, Inc. H.E.A.T. provides one-time emergency heating fuel assistance to families in need throughout Georgia. Smart Energy Society selected H.E.A.T. as the beneficiary of its inaugural charity fund raiser. From now through December 31, for every $25 contributed, donors will receive a chance to win 4 box seats at the Atlanta Hawks vs Philadelphia 76ers on January 31st.
The Smart Energy Society is sponsored by Oglethorpe Power and Deloitte.
For more information on the Technology Association of Georgia’s Smart Energy Society, the Awards Ceremony and the H.E.A.T. fundraiser, please visit www.tagonline.org/chapters-and-societies/smart-energy/ or contact Joseph Santoro, Associate Director of External Affairs, Technology Association of Georgia, at 404-526-6049 or Joseph@tagonline.org.
About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 25,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 34 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology.
Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.TAGthink.com. To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit http://www.tagedonline.org/.