Model Solar Ordinance

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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. Please note: At this point in the process, the draft ordinance will change based on stakeholder feedback. The draft ordinance presented at these workshops is not final.

Locations (All Times are 4:00 - 6:00 PM EST. Submit your RSVP for one of the public meetings here

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens
2 Canebrake Road
Savannah, GA 31419
National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Library 
2356 Rainwater Road
Tifton, GA 31793
Georgia Tech 
Scheller College of Business, Room 300
800 West Peachtree St, NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

 If you are not able to attend one of the public forums, you can still provide feedback by via email. Send your comments to

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

Map of Georgia Tech

Georgia Institute of Technology
North Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30332
Phone: 404-894-2000