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Solarize Middle Georgia to host a free workshop at Fort Valley State University

Date Published: 06/18/2019 1:25PM

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A free workshop aimed to help farmers, small business and home owners save money while sustaining the environment, will be offered on Fort Valley State University’s campus on June 24.

The two-hour session will be presented by Solarize Middle Georgia, a community-based initiative created to inform and educate the public about solar energy. The session will take place from 9-11 a.m. at the Agricultural Technology Conference Center located at 46 Camp John Hope Road in Fort Valley. The event is free and open to the public.

According to a press release provided by Solarize Middle Georgia, attendees of the workshop will learn about clean renewable energy and also be eligible to receive a free solar assessment of their home, business or nonprofit.

Dr. Mark Latimore Jr., Fort Valley State University’s Extension administrator, said the workshop presents an opportunity for clients of FVSU’s Cooperative Extension program to learn the benefits of solar and the cost effectiveness of solar energy use.  Some of those clients include small farmers, gardeners, livestock owners and homeowners located in approximately 30 counties throughout the state. 

“We are moving away from the use of finite resources like fossil fuels. The goal is to sustain the environment and to reduce the cost for farmers and agribusiness. This is what is driving the whole process throughout the country,” Latimore said.

FVSU, the 1890 Land-Grant University in Georgia, is one of 19 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) designated by Congress to provide research based education in the areas of agriculture and human development to underserved audiences through outreach programming. 

The Cooperative Extension Program, operated at each land-grant institution, assists diverse audiences with emphasis on those who have limited social and economic resources. The goal is to improve quality of life and vitality of communities and individuals through engagement and outreach education through programs like 4-H, and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).

For more information about Solarize Middle Georgia, visit solarizemidga.com. To learn more about this event, contact Jean Willis at (478) 825-6269 or willise@fvsu.edu