Renewable energy grants totaling $150,000 awarded to four organizations
Through the Georgia Solar Program, the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) awarded up to $150,000 in rebates to four organizations to increase awareness and education about renewable energy production.
The Georgia Solar Program provides rebates to cities, counties, and K-12 schools to reimburse the cost of materials, design, and installation of ground mount or rooftop solar. Each rebate provides up to 50 percent of the project cost for up to 60 kilowatt (kW) of solar power. The program also requires detailed energy savings tracking, educational components, and community support.
The following organizations will receive Georgia Solar Program rebates:
- Dade County Schools: 60 kW rooftop solar at Dade County High School; estimated savings of 79,712 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year and $7,518 per year.
- Savannah-Chatham County Schools: 30 kW ground mount solar at Gadsden Elementary School; estimated savings of 42,930 kWh per year and $3,990 per year.
- City Schools of Decatur: 20 kW rooftop solar at Renfroe Middle School; estimated savings of 27,851 kWh per year and $2,589 per year.
- City of Ringgold: 23 kW rooftop solar at the city’s public works facility; estimated savings of 30,681 kWh per year and $3,168 per year.
In total, the four projects will install 133 kW of solar power. Program savings include more than 180,000 kWh of energy per year and more than $17,000 in cost savings per year. Savings were estimated using the U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s solar calculator—pvwatts.nrel.gov.