Dec 1, 2015

Atlanta Announces Plan to Install Solar Installations on 28 City Buildings

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced at a press conference last week, the City of Atlanta’s plan to construct solar installations on 28 city buildings. This project will be made possible using financing authorized by HB 57, the Solar Power Free-Market Financing Act of 2015, enacted by the Georgia General Assembly earlier this year. Click HERE to watch Mayor Reed’s press conference. SGR’s Steve O’Day was a principal drafter and negotiator of the legislation. Click HERE to read more about HB 57.  

Sep 2, 2015

Southern Solar Summit: The Solar Market is Red Hot and Rocking the South

SGR’s Steve O’Day will be a speaker at the 7th Annual Southern Solar Summit on Thursday, September 10, 2015.  The Summit will explore financial options for solar projects, operations, and maintenance for utility-scale solar, and the increasing popularity of community solar. O’Day will speak about the Georgia Solar Energy Free-Market Financing Act (HB57) and will moderate a panel on the new law’s opportunities and challenges for nonprofits, small businesses, and residential customers. The Summit will be held at the GTRI Conference Center, 250 14th St., NW, Atlanta, GA 30303.  

Mar 27, 2015

Georgia Legislature First in Southeast to Authorize Third-Party Financing of Onsite Solar Power Facilities

Last Friday, the Georgia Senate unanimously approved HB 57, the Georgia Solar Power Free-Market Financing Act of 2015. Sponsored by Representative Mike Dudgeon, R-Johns Creek, the Act now moves to the desk of Governor Nathan Deal for signature. SGR’s Steve O’Day has worked with diverse groups in drafting, negotiating and supporting solar free-market financing legislation for six years.  His work with Jason Rooks of the Georgia Solar Energy Industries Association and lawyers for Georgia Power Company and Georgia’s 51 Electric Membership Cooperatives and 49 municipal electric authorities in negotiating the language of many of the law’s provisions was instrumental in… Read more

Feb 9, 2015

Proposed Solar Financing Legislation Tees Georgia Solar Industry Up for Major Expansion

Representative Mike Dudgeon (R-Johns Creek) introduced HB 57, the Solar Power Free Market Financing Act of 2015, in Georgia’s General Assembly on Thursday, January 15. The bill, which SGR’s Steve O’Day worked closely with Rep. Dudgeon and others in developing language for the bill and in negotiating an agreement among the solar industry and Georgia’s 88 electric utilities, will clarify Georgia law to allow financing of solar systems for residences and businesses in which the payments for the system are based on the electricity produced. Georgia’s businesses and residents will be able to utilize the same kinds of free-market financing for solar… Read more