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Georgia is one of the fastest-growing solar energy producers in the country. To develop this resource in a smart and pragmatic way requires a multi-step, multi-stakeholder process, of which a critical first step is determining how and where to site different types of solar projects.

The Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, and University of Georgia have come together to develop a model solar zoning ordinance to provide county and city officials and other decision-makers in Georgia access to best practices and a common baseline from which to work. We will produce a comprehensive document that addresses multiple scales and types of solar energy systems that counties and cities can adopt and adapt to their needs.

To ensure transparency and neutrality in developing the model ordinance, we have scheduled a series of public meetings to give all interested parties a voice in the process. We welcome your attendance at any and all of the meetings, where we will solicit your input on the draft ordinance, and discuss the opportunities, concerns, and envisioned outcomes. These meetings will also introduce the Renewable Energy Technical Assistance Program (ReTAP) a USDA funded program at the University of Georgia which provides technical assistance and education to individuals, businesses and communities interested in deploying solar and other renewable energy projects.

We encourage you to distribute information about the draft model solar zoning ordinance and public meetings to any additional interested parties.

The currently published version of the Model Solar Zoning Ordinance is a draft document and should not be considered ready for use. The draft will be revised and improved based on comments and feedback received during the Model Solar Ordinance Public Workshops, through email submissions to, and through other stakeholder meetings. Emory, UGA, and GA Tech are eager to hear from you.

Locations and Times

  • March 8th, 4-6 pm, Savannah, GA
    Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens
    2 Canebrake Road, Savannah, GA 31419

  • March 12th, 4-6 pm, Tifton, GA
    National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Library (NESPAL)
    2356 Rainwater Road, Tifton, GA 31793

  • March 21st, 4-6 pm, Atlanta, GA
    Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business, Room 300
    800 West Peachtree NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

Resources and Reading

Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory Solar Resource Map
Georgia Power Renewable Energy Development Initiative
Southface Georgia Energy Map
Georgia Public Service Commission Integrated Resource Plan

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