Alternative fuels focus of Brunswick meetings

BRUNSWICK, GA (WTOC) - Tim Echols, Georgia's Public Service Commissioner is hosting informational sessions for policy makers and businesses that are involved in clean energy. He'll also discuss the benefits of solar for both residential and commercial customers and the future of solar for Georgia.

He will hold a press event from 11 a.m. to noon June 3 about the solar canopy that was installed by the Parker's gas station at Highway 341 and Interstate 95.  next door. He will be joined by Woody Woodside of the Glynn County Chamber and the store's owner, Patrick Parker. 

"I am willing to invest $1 million into this," said Patrick Parker, who owns 11 convenience stores, in a statement.  "The only obstacle that's keeping solar energy from spreading more widely is the cost, which continues to drop. I would love to see it become a zero sum game, where we are producing as much energy as we use with our solar panels."

From noon to 2 p.m. June 3 there will be another session at Captain Joe's Restaurant at 5296 New Jesup Highway in Brunswick.

Other invited guests include: Billy Russell, Fleet Manager at the Federal Law Enforcement Center, Dr. Charles Patterson, VP of Research at Georgia Southern, Rick Smith, owner of Kash Gas and Coastal Energy (propane distributor), Sean Sandow owner of a bio-diesel pickup, Ed Jones, owner of Deep South Meter and Service Company (propane conversions and propane autofueling equipment), Gail Smith, Communications Director of Sustainability for Georgia Pacific, Dennis O'Connor, partner at Energy Centers of America (company who installed the panels), and leadership from the Coastal Regional Commission, which has just secured a fleet of Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles.

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