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Finance Georgia Launches the State’s First Full-Fundraising Marketplace

For the first time in Georgia’s History, Entrepreneurs can access capital from accredited, non-accredited, and institutional investors: seamlessly on one platform.

Georgia Companies now have an alternative to Silicon Valley and Wall Street.

For the first time, any Georgia investor over the age of 18, has the opportunity to invest in a high-growth startup, before the company has made a national Initial Public Offering (IPO). Finance Georgia Online, Inc., today announced the debut of Georgia’s first person-to-business curated investment platform for both accredited and non-accredited investors, with FinanceGeorgia.com.

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Georgia Number 1 in Clean Energy Jobs First Quarter 2015

A new report from the national nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) shows that more than 9,800 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced across the country the first three months of 2015. This is almost double the number E2 tracked the corresponding quarter a year ago.

The top three states for the quarter were: Georgia (2,870 jobs), California (1,885) and Texas (1,612). New Mexico, Michigan, Colorado, Virginia, Utah, Maryland and Indiana rounded out the top 10.

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Early Reports of Oily Substance Spilled in Port of Savannah

Savannah Riverkeeper has received preliminary reports of a potential oil spill in the Savannah River near Kings Island at the Port of Savannah. Sources say a failure occurred in the loading or unloading of product at a tank terminal resulting in the release of a yet undesignated amount of an oily substance into the waterway. The chemical composition of this substance has not been determined. FEMA, Georgia EPD (Environmental Protection Division) and the U.S. Coast Guard are on the scene working to contain the spill.

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Environment Georgia Delivers 6,061 Petitions in Favor of First ‘Outstanding’ River

At a public hearing held by the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) today Environment Georgia activists delivered over 6,000 petition signatures in favor of designating the Conasauga River as Georgia’s first ‘Outstanding’ river.

The proposed ‘Outstanding National Resource Water’ (ONRW) designation is the highest level of protection identified in the Clean Water Act and is part of a package of rule changes being proposed by EPD as part of their triennial review of water quality standards.

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Report: Utilities vastly undervalue solar energy

Households and businesses with solar panels deliver greater benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, a report said today, countering increasing complaints from utilities that solar homeowners don’t pay their fair share.

While some utilities claim they’re subsidizing solar panel owners, our report shows the opposite is probably true,” said Jennette Gayer, Director with Environment Georgia.  “If anything, utilities should be paying people who go solar more, not less.”

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Georgia Power marks groundbreaking of Fort Benning solar project

Georgia Power marks groundbreaking of Fort Benning solar projectFirst of three 30 MW solar projects in progress at Georgia Army bases

Leadership from Georgia Power, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI) and the General Services Administration (GSA) joined elected officials, community leaders and other dignitaries today at Fort Benning near Columbus to mark the beginning of construction of a new 30 megawatt (MW) solar project at the base. The Fort Benning solar facility is the first of three separate Georgia Power solar projects currently in development on Georgia Army bases. Each project will be 30 MW in size and use photovoltaic panels to produce energy for the state's electric grid. The projects are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016.

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