ATLANTA – Forty-four electric vehicle charging stations will be installed throughout the state as a result of the Charge Georgia program. Eighteen state and local organizations were awarded 33 rebates totaling $278,386 to install the new charging stations. Charge Georgia, which is administered by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), is an incentive program designed to increase the availability of public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fueling Station Locator reports 243 public charging stations in Georgia. As a result of the Charge Georgia program, GEFA expects an 18 percent increase in public charging infrastructure to be installed by July 30, 2015. For more information on existing public charging infrastructure in Georgia, please visit http://www.afdc.energy.gov/locator/stations/.

Details:

Rebates were awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The following organizations have been approved to receive rebates:

  • Athens Clarke County Unified Government (8)
  • City of Helen (1)
  • Clayton State University (1)
  • Newnan Utilities (1)
  • Cobb County (3)
  • City of Peachtree Corners (1)
  • Columbus Georgia Consolidated Government (1)
  • City of Roswell (4)
  • City of Dahlonega (1)
  • City of Sandy Springs (4)
  • DeKalb County Government (3)
  • City of Suwanee (1)
  • Emory University (1)
  • Toccoa Downtown Development Authority (1)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (9)
  • University of Georgia (2)
  • Georgia Regents University (1)
  • University of West Georgia (1)

Charge Georgia provides colleges, universities and technical colleges; state agencies and authorities; and cities and counties with a rebate to install alternating current (AC) Level II and direct current quick charging (DCQC) EV charging stations at its campuses and facilities. The maximum rebate amount per organization is $40,000, with colleges and universities with multiple campuses allowed a maximum rebate of $40,000 per campus.

GEFA is still accepting wait list applications at www.gefa.org. Should more funds become available, GEFA will process the wait-list applications in the order they were approved.

Quotes:

“When we launched Charge Georgia earlier this year, GEFA hoped the rebate program would help to install 25 to 30 electric vehicle charging stations,” said GEFA Executive Director Kevin Clark. “We’re pleased that we’ve exceeded our goal – there will now be 44 more public charging stations across the state.”

Additional Information:

The rebate will reimburse 50 percent of actual or proposed costs, whichever is lower, to support installing Level II and DCQC charging equipment, including planning, design, permitting, equipment, delivery, installation, inspection, and signage. Expenses related to connecting Level II and DCQC charging stations to the power meter are eligible.

Donated charging stations will receive 75 percent of the design, permitting, installation, inspection, and signage costs, not to exceed the value of the donated equipment.

Ineligible costs include the prepayment of services, network operations, and operation and maintenance costs. Solar photovoltaic systems (PV) are not eligible.

The rebate recipients must also agree to provide semi-annual data from the charging stations to GEFA for a period of three years.