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Georgia Power backs out, but Savannah solar farm still a go

Georgia Power pulled the plug at the last minute on its involvement in a solar project on East President Street. But the site will get a solar installation anyway, said developer Reed Dulany III.

A solar farm is planned for the southwest portion of this parcel fronting East President Street. The community solar will cover 7 acres that were once part of Savannah’s Deptford Landfill. Screenshot from SAGIS.

Savannah business using power of the sun to cool beer, wine

Atop a west Savannah warehouse, the sun has been put to work chilling craft beers and fine wines.

The recently completed solar array on the rooftop of Savannah Distributing on West Gwinnett near I-516 is the second largest solar installation in Chatham County. Photo courtesy Hannah Solar.

Cumberland Island property split approved

A family’s plan to build a residential compound on private land within Cumberland Island National Seashore is moving forward.

Sea Camp at Cumberland Island National Seashore is about a quarter mile from the 88-acre parcel that owners want to split into 10 lots. (Photo courtesy National Park Service)

Southern Co. buys $1.5B pipeline share from Kinder Morgan

Southern Co. is buying a 50 percent share in a 7,600-mile Kinder Morgan pipeline system that runs through multiple states and includes one line that connects to the Elba Island LNG terminal in Chatham County and another that runs down the Georgia coast.

Alternative fuel cars roll into Savannah

The Clean Energy Roadshow made a pit stop at Savannah Tech on Thursday, showing off an array of alternative energy vehicles including a shiny red plug-in electric Tesla Model S, a police car powered by compressed natural gas and an all-electric 46-passenger bus made by Los Angeles-based BYD.

Alternate energy vehicles were on display at the Clean Energy Roadshow held at Savannah Technical College. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Top chef mixes it up at Memorial

With his steampunk goggles and tattoo sleeves, Chef Richie Farina was bound to attract a crowd Wednesday around his lunchtime tasting table at Memorial University Medical Center.
From left: Chef Jeffrey Quasha, left, and Chef Richie Farina chat during a special Chef’s Table on Wednesday. The two would later serve their prepared meals to the campus of Memorial University Medical Center. (Photos by Geoff L Johnson/For the Savannah Morning News)

Judge rejects Palmetto Pipeline appeal

The Texas-based energy company planning to build a 210-mile pipeline through east Georgia suffered a setback in court Tuesday when a judge rejected its appeal of a state decision to deny the pipeline developer the right of eminent domain.

For sale: Pipeline, Elba shares

Kinder Morgan is looking to sell off interest in two proposed Georgia projects, the Palmetto Pipeline and the expansion of the Elba Island LNG facility on the Savannah River.

Georgia perfects the lonely oyster

Georgia’s oysters are prized for their intensely salty flavor, but you won’t often find them served on the half shell. That’s because oysters don’t like to be by themselves here. Instead, they clump together, making them perfect for traditional oyster roasts but not so suitable for the restaurant market.

Photos by Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News- Rob Hein lifts a bag filled with oysters grown at the UGA Marine Extension Service at Skidaway Island. This same bag is the type that will be distributed to oyster farmers.

Bipartisan group opposes oil exploration off Georgia, but Buddy Carter rejects concerns

Led by U.S. Reps Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and Bobby Scott, D-Va., a bipartisan group of 33 house members last week sent a letter to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management opposing seismic testing for offshore oil.

Lunches, lobbyists and gifts smooth path for pipeline

If you think the proposed Palmetto Pipeline is dead, you haven’t been talking to anyone from Kinder Morgan.

Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News - Kinder Morgan Vice President of Public Affairs Allen Fore

Georgia coastal environment scores a B+

The Georgia coast scored a B+ on its first ecosystem report card, issued Friday.

Savannah harbor deepening's $100M bid protest denied

The federal Government Accountability Office has rejected a protest from an unsuccessful bidder that threatened to delay the Savannah Harbor deepening project.

Challenge could delay harbor deepening

An unsuccessful bidder has filed a protest over a nearly $100 million contract awarded for a major piece of mitigation for the Savannah Harbor deepening project, and the protest could delay the deepening for a few months.

Kinder Morgan donates $30,000 to schools after Palmetto Pipeline setback

Pipeline company Kinder Morgan has donated $30,000 to the McIntosh County Schools to boost athletic programs at the county's only public high school, McIntosh County Academy.

Kinder Morgan donates $30,000 to schools after Palmetto Pipeline setback

Sensors indicate ... a dance party

Ordinarily, you might not want your robot to wobble. Unless, that is, your robot is dancing “The Wobble.” And that’s exactly what five pairs of middle school students programmed their robots to do this summer.

Photos by Carl Elmore/For the Savannah Morning News- A programmable robot leads a group in a dance during a robot dance recital Friday afternoon.

Solar energy heats up in Georgia

From Augusta’s Fort Gordon to beach homes on Tybee, solar energy is booming in Georgia.

Tybee Council Member Paul Wolff shows off one of the first completed Solarize Tybee projects at a recent open house at the Wooldridges on Tybee.

Georgia DOT Commissioner rejects Palmetto Pipeline

Ga. Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry today denied Kinder Morgan’s application for a public needs certificate. Without it, the energy company cannot complete the steps necessary to condemn property along its proposed 210-mile pipeline route in Georgia.

Georgia DOT Commissioner rejects Palmetto Pipeline

Critics slam latest Palmetto Pipeline filing

In an eleventh-hour effort to show its Palmetto Pipeline is needed in Georgia, energy giant Kinder Morgan last week filed an addendum to its needs application with the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Photo by JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF - People cheer applaud after a public comment by Au­gusta Chron­icle Publisher Wil­liam S. Mor­ris III at GDOT's final public hearing on Kinder Morgan's proposed Palmetto Pipeline held in Waynesboro, Ga., on Thursday, May 7.

Savannah Chamber opposes pipeline

Among those raising their voices against the proposed Palmetto Pipeline is the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, an organization typically supportive of business endeavors.

Ben Brengman/For the Savannah Morning News - A large group of protesters gather at the fountain in Forsyth Park protesting the proposed building of the Palmetto Pipeline on April 18, 2015.