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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Construction Standards for Public Buildings   

Last DSIRE Review: 07/29/2014
Program Overview:
State: Georgia
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Applicable Sectors: State Government
Goal:30% above ASHRAE 90.1.2004 standards
Energy Star designation for the building
Equipment/Products:At least 10% of building materials must originate from Georgia
Requirement:15% reduction in energy use by 2020; using 2007 as baseline year
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
O.C.G.A. ยง 50-8-18
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Executive Order

Senate Bill 130 of 2008 established energy efficiency goals for new state building projects. All major facility projects over 10,000 square feet should strive to exceed the efficiency standards of ASHRAE 90.1.2004 by 30% where it is determined that such 30% efficiency is cost effective based on a life-cycle cost analysis with a payback of 10 years or less. Additionally, major facility projects must include Georgia products such that not less than 10% of all building materials used in a project are harvested, extracted or manufactured in Georgia, where such products are commercially available.

In April 2008, the Governor separately created a policy to increase the energy efficiency of state government. Executive Order requires state government agencies and departments to reduce energy use. This executive order created the Governor's Energy Challenge 2020 as part of "Conserve Georgia." State agencies and departments must reduce energy consumption 15% by 2020, using 2007 energy use as a baseline. Reductions in energy use must come from energy efficiency measures and can also come from renewable energy development.

Funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is being used by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) to fund state agency retrofit projects. These projects will help state government entities meet the goal set by the Governor's Energy Challenge. GEFA is in charge of implementing this program. The challenge is mandatory for state entities, but local governments, schools, businesses, and individuals are also encouraged to participate. An interactive tool is available on the Challenge website that helps building owners find energy efficiency options.

  Public Information - GEFA
Georgia Environmental Finance Authority
233 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 900
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 656-0938
Fax: (404) 656-6416
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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