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Solar power bill struggles for survival in Senate committee
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Solar power bill struggles for survival in Senate committee

ATLANTA -- A stalled Senate proposal that would clear the way for third parties to provide solar power in Georgia is being switched to another committee in hopes of keeping the bill alive this session.

Senate Bill 401 would let outside companies install, own and maintain alternative energy systems. Despite having support from lawmakers, businesses and environmental groups, the bill faces strong opposition from power companies, which argue the proposal would drive up rates and violate existing competition rules.

The bill was assigned to the Natural Resources Committee two weeks ago, but has not been scheduled for a hearing. Now the bill's sponsor, Sen. Buddy Carter, says he has attached the legislation to another bill in the Regulated Utilities and Industry Committee, scheduled to meet Thursday.

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