Solar power meeting set

Dublin, Ga., was the primary beneficiary when Germany-based MAGE SOAR decided to open a manufacturing facility in the Southeast.

Dublin got the plant and the 350 jobs that go with manufacturing top-of-the-line German engineered PV modules used in solar energy.

However, the company's decision to locate in Dublin could mean jobs for other areas of the state, including Southwest Georgia.

MAGE SOLAR, looking for both customers and installers, is hosting a program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Albany Civic Center.

Susanne Fischer Quinn, communications manager for MAGE SOLAR, said there are just 13 certified installers of solar panels in Georgia.

The opportunity for growth in this area is tremendous, she said.

Tuesday's program will open with remarks by Jeff Sinyard, chairman of the Dougherty County Commission, and Albany City Commissioner Roger Marietta

Then, a panel of representatives from MAGE, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Georgia will present information about solar power in Georgia.

Georgia is considered one of the best states for solar power because of its abundant sunshine.

Then, a 30-minute question-and-answer session is planned with panelists answering questions about both the educational and business components of solar power.

The evening will close with a "mix and mingle" where those interested in having solar power in their homes or businesses or those interested in becoming certified installers can gain additional information.

HIGHWAY 27: Albany's Oxford Construction Co. has received a $23.7 million contract to reconstruct and widen from two to four median-separated lanes for seven and a half miles of U.S. Highway 27 in Early and Clay counties north of Blakely.

Oxford is expected to begin work on the project this summer and have the work completed by June 2013.

When completed, the project will add to the 304 miles of U.S. Highway 27 connecting Chattanooga, Tenn., to Florida.

This work will leave just a little more than 40 miles remaining to be improved.

SMALL BUSINESS: This week is Small Business Appreciation Week and the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce has several activities planned to commemorate the week.

A coffee and doughnuts gathering is planned at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Governmental Center on Pine Avenue.

A joint proclamation signing is planned at 10 a.m. Monday followed by recognition of the chamber's weekly Star Business of the Week.

Three interesting Lunch and Learn sessions are planned from noon until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Tuesday's program features a small business panel. The topic Wednesday is marketing social media and Thursday's program is an economic update.

The programs are free, but reservations are required. Call (229) 434-8700 or email mduke@albanyga.com.