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Georgia Organics, Georgia Department of Ag Partner to Grow More Organic Farms

Georgia Organics - 100 Organic FarmsAgriculture is Georgia’s top industry, and as organic product sales continue to grow, the state’s farmers stand to benefit in a big way.

That’s why Georgia Organics and the Georgia Department of Agriculture are launching a historic partnership to help more farmers take advantage of the rapidly growing organic market by providing funding and training for farmers who want to become USDA Certified Organic.

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Georgia Public Service Commission Approves Additional 515 Megawatts of Solar Generation; Adds Solar Project at King’s Bay Naval Base

The Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) took another step in the expansion of solar energy in our state with the unanimous approval and certification of ten solar power purchase agreements (PPA) for the Georgia Power Company. These projects will add more than 515 megawatts (MW) of solar generation to the Company’s energy mix. The approval of these PPAs is part of the Company’s 2015 and 2016 Advanced Solar Initiative (ASI) Prime and its 2015 ASI in Docket numbers 38877 and 39028. After the completion of these projects, Georgia Power will have nearly 900 MW of solar energy on line by the end of 2016.

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North Georgia Developer Agrees to Settlement for Stormwater Violations

 

Cannon Place, LLC (Cannon Place) has reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over alleged stormwater violations at its construction sites along Bald Ridge Marina Road in Cumming, Ga. As part of this settlement, Cannon Place agreed to pay a civil penalty of $110,253.

Under the Clean Water Act (CWA), owners and general contractors at construction sites of one acre and larger or part of a larger common plan must apply for coverage under a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Construction General Permit (Permit), which requires the installation of pollution prevention practices to minimize the discharge of sediment and other pollutants in stormwater runoff.

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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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