The Georgia Commercial Laboratory Act requires all commercial environmental laboratories submitting data to the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) for regulatory purposes to be approved or accredited by an EPD approved accrediting authority.
The Green Communities Fund is a revolving loan fund providing low-interest loans to businesses located within the city limits of any city in Georgia. Loans are available for existing as well as new construction. In order to qualify for a loan, the applicant must first receive an energy audit to identify eligible improvements. Rebates are available for energy audits. Energy improvements must either result in a 20% reduction in building energy use, or have a 10-year return on investment.
The Georgia Air Quality Control Act (AQCA) is a set of environmental regulations, permitting requirements, and air quality standards that control the amount of pollutants emitted and who emits them. The AQCA follows the minimum pollutant allowances outlined by the federal government in the Clean Air Act (CAA) 42. All stationary sources that may emit the pollutants listed in the CAA are required to obtain the appropriate permitting, unless they are otherwise exempt from the AQCA.
The purpose of the Flint River Drought Protection Act is to maintain in-stream flow in times of drought by providing incentives for farmers to take acres out of irrigation. It allows Environmental Protection Division to pay farmers to stop irrigating. After a drought is declared, EPD can hold a voluntary seller’s auction, allowing farmers to offer prices per acre at which they are willing to stop irrigating. If the target is not achieved, EPD has authority to make further reductions on a “non-voluntary” basis.
Flint Energies has partnered with Robins Federal Credit Union to offer affordable financing options to residential customers who wish to upgrade the energy efficiency of homes and residential equipment. Loans of $1,000 to $7,500 are available at a 4.99% interest rate. Repayment terms of up to 60 months are available for all participating projects. Eligible equipment and measures include energy efficient windows, doors, caulking, weatherstripping, Energy Star appliances, building insulation, duct sealing, and high efficiency HVAC equipment.
The Enterprise Zone Program provides various tax incentives to businesses within designated underdeveloped zones in rural or urban areas. The State Enterprise Zone program intends to improve geographic areas within cities and counties that are suffering from disinvestment, underdevelopment, and economic decline, encouraging private businesses to reinvest and rehabilitate such areas. A business may be exempt from property tax and occupation taxes, and may receive an abatement or reduction in otherwise applicable regulatory fees and other fees.
Georgia enacted legislation in April 2012 (HB 386) creating an exemption for energy used in the manufacturing of a product from the state's sales and use taxes. The sale, use, storage, or consumption of energy which is necessary and integral to the manufacture of tangible personal property at a manufacturing plant in the state of Georgia shall be exempt from all sales and use taxation except for the sales and use tax for educational purposes. This includes energy used directly or indirectly in a manufacturing facility.
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.