Clean Energy Wins on Election Day in Athens

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Athens, GA–With 78.43% of voters in support, the Athens-Clarke County SPLOST package was overwhelming passed last night. Passage will allow Athens-Clarke Co. to move forward with a plan that will collect roughly $313 million over the next 11 years from a 1 cent sales tax increase. Included in the package presented to voters was over $15 million dollars for the local government to spend on energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy like rooftop solar. 

Jennette Gayer, the Director of Environment Georgia offered the following statement:

“Congrats to Athens-Clarke County which has, in one year, made a bold commitment to generating 100% of its energy from clean and renewable sources while also making an immediate and impressive investment towards a clean and equitable energy future. To my knowledge this is the largest clean energy SPLOST investment in Georgia’s history.”


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