GA Info

Information on Renewable Energy in GA
For general information on reneable energy please see Other Organizations.

The following is information that is information on renewable energy that is specific to Georgia.

List of incentives and tax credits applicable to both the residential and commercial properties in Georgia.

GA currently derives its electricity from a number of energy sources including hydro-electricity, coal, natural gas and nuclear. See GA Energy Production for more information.

GA generally is not a very windy state and wind power is most suited to small scale off net applications particularly in rural environments. However there are two areas where there is greater potential fo wind power – Northern Georgia and Off Shore

 

GA Legislation
Chuck Sims (169th District) has proposed a renewable energy tax credit bill. This has passed the final stages of the GA legislative process.The Bill gives tax credits for a wide range of renewable energy based systems – Wind, Solar, Biomas, and also for energy efficiency projects. The total tax credits are limited to $2.5M pa and the projects must be in place by the end of 2012. The tax credit will be 35% of the cost, but with various maximums per installation type – eg. for a single family home there is a limit of $10,500 for the credit applicable to a solar PV system.

GSEA thanks all members of the legislature and Governor Perdue for passing this legislation and supporting the development of renewable nergy industry and jobs in Georgia.

When GSEA has more details on the process for claiming the tax credits we will post details on this web site. Note however that the total tax credits are limited to $2.5M in any year and therefore provisional approval must be obtained before expenditure on the systems.

GA Training
The following companies/organizations offer training on renewable energy/energy efficiency in or close to Georgia:-

The Southface Energy and Environmental Resource Center in Atlanta, GA offers a variety of courses on energy efficiency building design and construction.

Solairgen in Dahlonega, GA offers training courses on solar system design and installation.

Fox Independent Energy , based in n. Atlanta, offers Executive Education entitled, “What Does it Mean for my Company to Go Green the Economic Pros and Cons?” tailored to the individual business, or, offered to the public for fund raising purposes.

The North Carolina Solar Center (based in Raleign NC.) offers a number of training courses on energy efficient building design and solar system design and installation.

The Florida Solar Energy Center (Cocoa, FL) offers training in PV design and installation.

GA FAQ

Q. Doesn’t it rain too much in Georgia for solar systems to work?

A. No. Although not as sunny as Arizona or New Mexico there is plenty of sunshine for solar electricity production, solar pool and solar water heating. See Solar Map Jan and Solar Map July for maps showing the solar radiation received in Georgia relative to other regions of the USA.

Q. Are there any state subsidies for renewable energy in Georgia?

A. Unfortunately no. However there are some federal tax credits that do apply for commercial and residential adopters of renewable energy. In addition many of the electricity utilities offer incentives for the use of heat pumps or energy efficiency measures. See Georgia Energy Incentives for more information.

Q. Does any electricity utility offer net metering of solar generated electricity?

A. Yes. Georgia Power does pay (at a significantly higher tariff than usual) for electricity produced from renewable sources. See our GA Information page for more details.

Q. Are there any magazines I can buy locally in Georgia that will update me on developments in solar and other renewable energy technology.

A. Yes – Home Power magazine provides a good overview of the practical side of installing renewable energy systems at your home. Home Power is published every two months. Solar Today is the official magazine of the American Solar Energy Society and covers some of the more strategic aspects of energy planning as well as practical installations of renewable energy systems. Solar Today is also provided free to members of ASES. Again this is published every two months. Both magazines can be purchased in Gerogia at large bookstores such as Borders or Barnes and Noble.