Georgia Power Co. is testing solar panels at seven locations around the state to see how well they work under different cimate conditions.
The panels are being tested in Augusta, Rome, Valdosta, Macon, Columbus, Savannah and Conley.
Georgia Power says that each panel, under optimum conditions and full sun, can generate about 200 watts of electricity.
Company spokeswoman Carol Boatright says the 18-month trial is a joint effort with the Electric Power Research Institute. She says that among the test locations, some have high humidity or salty air, while mountainous areas have cleaner air but colder temperatures and more freezing.