Power Breakfast: Alternative energy gets boost in Ga., Delta pilot, Airtran, hospital financial troubles, Lakewood, Euro, oil

It’s slow going, but maybe alternatives to oil will become more pervasive over time.

An Atlanta nonprofit announced a hydrogen fuel project Monday and a German solar panel maker promised 350 jobs for Dublin, broadening Georgia’s alternative energy industry, AJC reporter Dan Chapman writes.

The Midtown-based Center for Transportation and the Environment was awarded a $6 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to help develop hydrogen-powered forklifts. The Center will oversee three companies hoping to build commercially feasible fuel cells for military vehicles in California, Chapman reports.

In Dublin, MAGE Solar will establish its North American headquarters, invest $30 million and potentially employ 350 people within five years to make solar panels. Ravensburg, Germany-based MAGE, which manufactures photovoltaic modules, inverters and mounting systems, also plans a solar education academy.

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Morrus

May 18th, 2010
8:06 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.

TnGelding

May 18th, 2010
8:12 am

The wind is so strong where we live I can’t hang the flag out half the time. The future is now!

Legislating is much more difficult than some would have us believe and takes experience. Why throw out the baby with the bath water?