Six organizations awarded grant funding for renewable energy production

August 1, 2017

Through the Georgia Solar Program, the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) awarded $249,480 in grant funds to six organizations to increase awareness and public education about renewable energy production. The following organizations received Georgia Solar Program grants:

  • Athens-Clarke County, Streets and Drainage Operations Center – 36 kilowatt (kW) rooftop installation, projected GEFA rebate of $50,000, estimated savings of 51,460 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year and $5,968 per year
  • City of Atlanta and the Atlanta BeltLine, BeltLine Urban Farm – 2.4 kW rooftop installation, projected GEFA rebate of $24,480, estimated savings of 3,495 kWh/year and $407/year  
  • City of Hinesville, Water Reclamation Facility – 60 kW ground installation, projected GEFA rebate of $50,000, estimated savings of 86,223 kWh/year and $10,417/year
  • DeKalb County Public Library, Stonecrest Branch – 7.3 kW ground installation, projected GEFA rebate of $25,000, estimated savings of 10,634 kWh/year and $1,235/year  
  • Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School – 40.8 kW ground and roof installation, projected GEFA rebate of $50,000, estimated savings of 59,722 kWh/year and $6,928/year  
  • Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, Friedman Branch – 60 kW roof installation, projected GEFA rebate of $50,000; estimated savings of 84,651 kWh/year and $9,818/year  

The Georgia Solar Program helps cities, counties, and K–12 public schools with matching funds to support the cost of ground mount or rooftop solar installations. Each grant award provides up to 50 percent of the project cost, with a maximum amount of $50,000, for up to 60kW of solar power. The program requires detailed energy savings tracking, education components, and community support. In total, the Georgia Solar Program will install more than 200 kW of solar power. Program savings include more than 296,000 kWh of energy per year—enough to provide 30 homes with electricity for one year—and more than $34,000 per year in cost savings. Savings were estimated using the U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s solar calculator—pvwatts.nrel.gov