Current Program Activities and Benefits

 

 

GEFA increases the capacity and quality of Georgia's water supply, coordinates the protection and preservation of Georgia's land resources, and promotes conservation and advancement of Georgia's energy resources. The agency continues to build upon this success through its commitment to protecting Georgia's natural resources and supporting economic development.

Improving Georgia’s Water Resources

  • Projects financed by GEFA in FY2019 provided reliable water, wastewater, and solid waste services to nearly 1.8 million Georgians.

  • Local governments using GEFA financing in FY2019 saved an estimated $46 million in interest costs over an average of 20-year loan

  • The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) awarded 29 loans totaling $154.9 million.

  • The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) awarded 21 loans totaling $85.5 million.

  • The Georgia Fund awarded five loans totaling $8.1 million.

  • Provided financing to 48 communities in FY2019.

Protecting Georgia’s Land Resources

  • Since 2006, the Georgia Conservation Tax Credit Program facilitated 558 conservation easement donations protecting more than 246,601 acres of land.
  • In FY2019, the Fuel Storage Tank Program provided oversight and monitoring services for 639 fuel storage tanks at 23 state agencies and departments.
  • GEFA helped its agency partners pass 50 fuel storage tank site compliance inspections.
  • Completed the annual registration for 334 state-owned underground fuel storage tanks.

Conserving Georgia’s Energy Resources

  • GEFA directed emergency support function #12 (ESF-12) during activities of the State Operations Center for Hurricanes Florence and Michael. 
  • Forty K-12 and higher education building operations received Building Operator Certification training.
  • Four Georgia Solar contracts totaling $150,000 were executed to install small-scale solar photovoltaic systems and to increase renewable energy education.
  • One Solar for Schools contract was executed for $55,000 for students to install a 20 kW solar ground mount array and two solar covered tables with electrical connections and to provide student scholarships. 
  • The Weatherization Assistance Program completed weatherization retrofits to 641 homes—impacting 878 Georgians —with estimated energy savings of 19,550 MBtu.

For more information, view GEFA's annual report.