Georgia may not have a renewable portfolio standard, but there are still promising signs for the state’s renewable energy industry. Georgia’s Public Service Commission mandated that Georgia Power have at least 525 megawatts of solar energy capacity by the end of 2015.1
And for its part, Georgia Power expects to have over 800 megawatts of solar power connected to the grid by 2016. This, combined with a net-metering policy, helped make the state the fastest growing solar market in 2013, although growth has since slowed.2
Likewise, Georgia ranked 3rd in the nation in net electricity generation from biomass in 2013.3
And the state is actually a leader in electric vehicle policy.4
The state provides a significant tax credit for purchasers of EVs and allows electric cars access to high-occupancy carpool lanes during rush hour. Policies like this have made Atlanta the fastest-growing metropolitan market in the country for EV sales.5
Georgia still only gets about 6% of its electricity from renewable sources,6
but the future is unquestionably bright.
Learn more about energy in Georgia with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States