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Georgia's Emerging Solar Industry Spurred by Policy

Wood-waste and hydropower are foundation of state’s clean energy economy

Abundant biomass and solar resources, falling materials costs, and innovative research have launched Georgia into the national spotlight as a clean energy leader. State and federal policies have helped to make the Peach State the fastest-growing solar market in the country. In addition, the state ranks No. 1 nationally in commercial timberland, making woody biomass—energy made from wood and wood waste-derived products such as wood pellets—a major component of its renewable energy sector.

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Coming Soon: Forty-four New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations to somewhere near you in Georgia

Coming Soon: Forty-four New Electric Vehicle Charging StationsForty-four electric vehicle charging stations will be installed throughout the state as a result of the Charge Georgia program. Eighteen state and local organizations were awarded 33 rebates totaling $278,386 to install the new charging stations. Charge Georgia, which is administered by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), is an incentive program designed to increase the availability of public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.  

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Georgia Communities Receive Infrastructure Loans Totaling $13 Million

Loan Commitments Include Energy and Water Conservation Projects

Eight Georgia communities were awarded financing totaling $12,964,210 for water, sewer, solid waste and wastewater infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors.

The communities include the cities of Chatsworth, Dawsonville, Dublin, Glennville and Jefferson, Bartow and DeKalb Counties, and the Etowah Water & Sewer Authority (WSA).

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Georgia Has Nine Top Organizations Named in the James Beard Foundation and Food Tank’s Just Released New 2014 Good Food Org Guide

Good Food Org GuideThe first annual Good Food Org Guide identifies and celebrates more than four hundred U.S.-based groups including nine from Georgia who are cultivating a better food system

The James Beard Foundation and Food Tank, along with a prestigious advisory group of food system experts, developed the first annual “Good Food Org Guide.” Nine organizations from Georgia were chosen including: The Atlanta Community Food Bank, Georgia Coalition for Physical Activity and Nutrition, The Georgia Food Oasis, Georgia Organics, The Georgia Sustainable Agriculture Consortium, The Georgia Young Farmers Association, The Savannah Food Co-Op, Truly Living Well, and Well FED Savannah.

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Stion, Inman Solar, and Washington Gas Energy Systems Partner to Provide Low Cost, Clean Solar Energy in Georgia

StionStion, a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of high efficiency thin-film solar modules and provider of photovoltaic solar solutions, announced today that it has completed supply of 3MW DC of solar modules to Inman Solar for projects around the state of Georgia.

Over the past three months, Stion and Inman Solar have partnered on three 1 MW solar projects in Ga. The partnership stemmed from Washington Gas Energy Systems’ mission to use high-quality products from an American company with an experienced project developer like Inman Solar.

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2014's Worst Offenses Against Georgia's Water

Georgia Dolphins at risk from toxic site near Brunswick, Georgia Image phys.orgTurtle River Toxic Legacy Poisons Dolphins, Drinking Water

The “Marshes of Glynn,” and the Golden Isles of Georgia are the vacation destination for millions, but tucked in those marshes near Brunswick is a toxic site riddled with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), caustic soda, mercury and lead. Twenty years after the LCP Chemicals plant closed and 18 years after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first ordered a cleanup of the site, the contaminants remain, leaching into underground drinking water supplies and contaminating wildlife and humans with cancer-causing chemicals. In fact, the Turtle River which flows by the 500-acre LCP Chemical site has the distinction of being home to the world’s most contaminated bottlenose dolphins, with PCB levels more than one and a half times greater than levels recorded in Pacific Ocean killer whales which were once thought to be among the world’s most contaminated marine mammals. The creatures that thrill visitors to Georgia’s coast are now suffering from health problems including immune suppression and anemia, and their plight suggests that humans, like dolphins that eat fish from the Turtle River, may be unwittingly poisoning themselves with the LCP Chemical’s toxic legacy.

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