Georgia Solar Rebates And Incentives

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Georgia Rebates and Incentives Summary

GeorgiaGeorgia is well-known for its lush landscapes that thrive in the warm weather and its abundance of sunlight. Until very recently, however, Georgia’s legislature had taken very little action in the way of taking advantage of this ever-present resource. In order to help residents, save money, as well as improve the air quality of the state, especially around its major cities, Georgia has passed legislation to promote the installation and use of renewable energy in homes and businesses.

Happily, for green-savvy Georgia residents, the days when net metering was the only incentive to use solar power are over. Now, there are a variety of ways in which Georgians can benefit from the shift toward renewable energy. Several local utilities companies, including those deriving their power from the Tennessee Valley Authority, offer rebate programs. In addition, statewide programs such as personal tax credits, net metering, and rebate programs for some solar power and heating equipment are helping Georgia take the lead in renewable energy in the South.


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Biomass Sales and Use Tax Exemption


Georgia enacted legislation in April 2006 (HB 1018) creating an exemption for biomass materials from the state's sales and use taxes. The term "biomass material" is defined as "organic matter, excluding fossil fuels, including agricultural crops, plants, trees, wood, wood wastes and residues, sawmill waste, sawdust, wood chips, bark chips, and forest thinning, harvesting, or clearing residues; wood waste from pallets or other wood demolition debris; peanut shells; pecan shells; cotton plants; corn stalks; and plant matter, including aquatic plants, grasses, stalks, vegetation, and residues,

Building Energy Code


Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP websites.

Georgia's Department of Community Affairs periodically reviews, amends and/or updates the state minimum standard codes. Georgia has "mandatory" and "permissive" codes. Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings (International Energy Conservation Code) is a mandatory code and requires any structure built in Georgia to comply

City of Chamblee - LEED Requirement for Public and Commercial Buildings


In March 2008, the Chamblee City Council voted unanimously to require all private development 20,000 square feet or greater to become LEED certified. Additionally, all future municipal buildings regardless of size must also be LEED certified. Green Globes certification is also allowed in lieu of LEED certification.

Chamblee is the first city in the State of Georgia to mandate LEED certification for private development. In addition to public buildings, this requirement applies to commercial buildings, offices, industrial buildings, multiple residences and senior citizen multiple residences.

Coweta-Fayette EMC - Home Plus Loan Program


Coweta-Fayette Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) provides electric and natural gas service to 58,000 customers in Georgia's Coweta, Fayette, Meriwether, Heard, Troop and Fulton counties. Customers of Coweta-Fayette EMC can take advantage of the Home Plus Energy Efficiency Loan Program to pursue any approved energy efficiency measures and upgrades.  Examples of approved energy saving measures include: heat pump and water heater upgrades, duct sealing, caulking and weatherstripping, and adding attic and floor insulation.

For information on loan amounts, interest rates, and repayment terms,

Coweta-Fayette EMC - Residential Solar Water Heater Rebate Program


Coweta-Fayette Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) provides electric and natural gas service to 58,000 customers in Georgia's Coweta, Fayette, Meriwether, Heard, Troop and Fulton counties.

Currently, Coweta-Fayette EMC offers rebates on solar water heaters from $750 up to $1,500 as part of the Touchstone Energy Home Program. Solar water heater equipment incentives vary based upon whether systems are installed in new construction or an existing home and on whether the systems use an electric heat pump or dual fuel heat pump.

A $250 credit for a solar water heater replacing a conventional water

Diverse Power - Energy Efficient New Construction Rebate Programs


Diverse Power is a member-owned electric cooperative that provides electric service to customers in Troup, Harris, Heard, Meriwether, Muscogee and Coweta counties in Georgia. Diverse Power offers a number of rebates for new homes that meet or exceed national, state and local building and energy codes and install energy-efficient measures, such as heat pumps, water heaters, and heat recovery systems. New home rebates are paid directly to the contractor unless another arrangement is made.   For a complete list of the rebates available to Diverse Power customers, see the program web site above.

Electric Power Board - Energy Efficiency Rebate Program


Electric Power Board provides a financial incentive for residential customers to replace old water heaters with new ones which meet the minimum standards set forth by the DOE. The rebate is worth $50 and will be applied to the customer's utility bill. Along with the application, customers must mail in a proof of purchase and the manufacturer's description of the water heater (to ensure it is electric). Contact EPB for more program details.

Georgia Environmental Finance Authority - Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Program


The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) encourages Georgians to utilize zero-interest financing options to help make their homes more energy efficient and save on utility bills. Financing is available through Oglethorpe Power Corporation, Electric Cities of Georgia, the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia and Estes Heating and Air. Many communities in Georgia are available for financing through these organizations. A complete list of eligible organizations is available here.

The residential energy efficiency financing programs, which are funded through GEFA, allow homeowners to

Georgia Green Loans Save & Sustain Program

Georgia Green Loans, a non-profit microlending agency, offers funding to "green" businesses using funding from a Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) grant. The GEFA grant is based on State Energy Program funding from The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Georgia Green Loans is using this funding for the "Save & Sustain" program to subsidize commercial energy audits for Georgia small businesses and commercial property owners, and to provide low-interest loans for energy-efficient improvements. Georgia Green Loans will cover most of the costs for commercial energy

GreyStone Power - Photovoltaic Rebate Program


GreyStone Power, an electricity cooperative in Georgia, offers a rebate for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to members. The one-time rebate is offered for PV installations that are interconnected and net-metered. The rebate is equal to $450 per kilowatt (kW) AC for systems up to 10 kilowatts (kW) in capacity.

Contact the cooperative for more information on the PV rebate program process.

GreyStone Power - Solar Water Heating Program


GreyStone Power, an electricity cooperative serving 103,000 customers in Georgia, introduced a solar water heating rebate in March 2009. This $500 rebate is available to customers regardless of their current method of heating water. A list of preferred contractors is provided by GreyStone.

GreyStone will install monitoring equipment with the system to monitor system output and performance and will share this information with the customer. Contact Greystone for more information, inlcuding program requirements.

Habersham EMC - Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Habersham Electric Membership Corporation (HEMC) is an electric cooperative that provides service to 32,000 customers in northeastern Georgia, including Rabun, Habersham, White, Hall, Lumpkin and Stephens counties. Habersham EMC offers a rebate program for homes that meet certain insulation specifications and pass inspection by a Habersham EMC representative.  Touchstone Energy Homes are also eligible for an Energy Conservation rate discount.

Interconnection Guidelines


The Georgia Cogeneration and Distributed Generation Act of 2001 allows residential electricity customers with photovoltaic (PV) systems, wind-energy systems or fuel cells up to 10 kilowatts (kW) in capacity, and commercial facilities up to 100 kW, to connect to the grid. The aggregate capacity of distributed generation systems is limited to 0.2% of a utility's system peak demand from the previous year.

Interconnected customers must comply with all relevant national standards, including those established by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Underwriters

Local Option - Special Improvement Districts


Note: In 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which has authority over mortgage underwriters Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, directed these enterprises against purchasing mortgages of homes with a PACE lien due to its senior status above a mortgage. Most residential PACE activity subsided following this directive; however, some residential PACE programs are now operating with loan loss reserve funds, appropriate disclosures, or other protections meant to address FHFA's concerns. Commercial PACE programs were not directly affected by FHFA’s actions, as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do

Marietta Power & Water - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate


Marietta Power & Water provides rebates for electric water heaters ($250) and electric and dual-fuel heat pumps ($150). If both a water heater and heat pump are installed simultaneously, a rebate of $500 is available. Electric and dual-fuel heat pumps may be installed in newly constructed homes or replace an existing residential gas system. The developer, owner or builder must request to participate in this program before replacing or installing any new electric appliances and must enter into the program by signing MP&W's contract. The developer, owner or builder must schedule with a utility

Solar Easements


In determining that the use of solar energy "can help reduce the nation's reliance upon imported fuels," Georgia encourages the development of solar-energy systems. Accordingly, under Georgia's Solar Easements Act of 1978, easements may be established to allow owners of solar-energy systems to negotiate for assurance of continued access to sunlight. Any easement must be created in writing and is subject to the same requirements as all other legal easements. The easement must contain:

  • A description of the airspace affected by the easement
  • Any terms and/or conditions under which the

TVA - Mid-Sized Renewable Standard Offer Program


The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) now compliments the small generation Green Power Providers Program by providing incentives for mid-sized renewable energy generators between 50kW and 20MW to enter into long term price contracts. The goal for total production from all participants is 100MW, with no more than 50MW from any one renewable technology. The Renewable Standard Offer program also includes Solar Solution Initiative program that offers additional financial incentives for Solar Photovoltaic (PV) projects. 

TVA bases the standard offer for customer generators off of a seasonal time

TVA - Solar Solutions Initiative


Solar Solutions Initiative (SSI) is a pilot program that offers additional financial incentives for Solar PV systems participating in the Renewable Standard Offer program. Applications for new projects for the year 2015 will open on January 2, 2015. Participants applying for the Solar Solutions Incentive program are required to apply through the Renewable Standard Offer program.

The program offers performance based incentive of $0.04/kWh for the first 10 years after the project is operational. This incentive is additional to the seasonal and time-of-day price for electricity offered through the