Georgia Solar Program
Rebate program increases awareness of renewable energy production while decreasing energy costs for Georgia taxpayers.
GEFA will provide rebates to cities, counties, and K-12 public schools and will reimburse up to 50 percent (or $50,000 whichever is less) of the cost of materials, design, and installation of up to 60 kilowatt (kW) ground mount or rooftop solar. This rebate is offered to government entities that are not eligible to receive the 30 percent federal tax credit that benefits for-profit facilities.
Only one rebate will be awarded per entity. Program funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy and recipients must follow federal funding guidelines. GEFA has funding available for up to five rebates. Rebates will be provided after a contract is executed, and the final invoice and proof of payment has been completed and delivered to GEFA. By accepting rebate funds, recipients agree to provide energy production data to GEFA for three years on a biannual basis for program evaluation purposes.
Key Dates and Deadlines:
- Application process: Opens January 6, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. The applications will be reviewed and processed in the order received. The applicant will be notified by email within 15 business days.
- Application closes: January 27, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Contracts will be sent to all approved agencies for signature. If all rebate funds are obligated, GEFA may opt to take waitlist applications. Should approved applications not expend the full amount of funds available, GEFA may reallocate the grant funds to an agency on the waitlist.
- Completion of solar installation: September 30, 2020. As the final step, the rebate recipient must deliver the final invoice and proof of payment to GEFA. Failure to complete the installation by this deadline may result in forfeiture of the rebate funding.
- Biannual reporting: Rebate recipients agree to report biannual energy data from solar installations for a period of three years on January 10 and July 10 of each year. Failure to submit biannual data may result in repayment of the rebate to GEFA. Installations must remain operational for at least 10 years.
- Must be a city, county, or K-12 public school in Georgia
- Include a letter of commitment and financial ability to execute the project from the highest ranking official.
- Provide a detailed project time frame from start to finish.
- Provide a detailed energy tracking plan.
- Include a community education plan--high visibility installation and energy data display viewable by public.
- Application must be complete, compliant, and submitted online.
Click here for a sample of the online application.