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Georgia Cities Foundation - Green Communities Revolving Loan Fund   

Last DSIRE Review: 05/10/2012
Program Overview:
State: Georgia
Incentive Type: State Loan Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Clothes Washers, Dishwasher, Refrigerators, Dehumidifiers, Ceiling Fan, Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Furnaces , Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Roofs, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Whole House Fans, Tankless Water Heaters, Cool Roof
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat
Applicable Sectors: Commercial
Maximum Incentive:$250,000
Terms:Interest Rate: Variable (below market rate)
Loan Term: 5-15 years depending on loan amount
Funding Source:Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority
Web Site:

The Green Communities Fund is a revolving loan fund providing low-interest loans to businesses located within the city limits of any city in Georgia. Loans are available for existing as well as new construction. In order to qualify for a loan, the applicant must first receive an energy audit to identify eligible improvements. Rebates are available for energy audits. Energy improvements must either result in a 20% reduction in building energy use, or have a 10-year return on investment. Maximum loan amounts vary based upon project costs.

Loan applications for energy efficient improvements to historic buildings should be compliant with the local Historic Preservation Commission (where present) and meet all local design guidelines.

Details regarding program eligibility, application materials, and application process are available on the program web site.

  Chris Higdon
Georgia Cities Foundation
Green Communities Fund
201 Pryor Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (678) 651-1018
Phone 2: (888) 488-4462
Fax: (678) 686-6289
Web Site:
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