Energy Policy

Southface is actively engaged in helping shape energy policy at the federal, state and local level. The organization has served on numerous business, foundation, nonprofit and government advisory committees and is often consulted by private industry and professional associations connected to the energy and building industry.

Georgia Clean Energy Industry Census
Clean Energy Industry Community Forums

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Georgia Clean Energy Industry Census

In 2013, Southface and its partners in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia conducted the first-ever Southeast Clean Energy Industry Census. The 2013 Georgia Clean Energy Industry Census is part of the broader four-state Southeast Census.

Southface identified 611 firms that are in Georgia’s clean energy industry, which includes the solar, wind, biomass, hydroelectric, geothermal, smart grid, energy efficiency, energy storage and alternative vehicle fuel sectors. Of these 611 firms, 381 participated in the Census. These 381 Georgia clean energy firms generated $2.6 billion of gross revenue in 2012 and provided over 9,700 full-time jobs in 2013.

Please visit for interactive charts and graphs regarding Census results for Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Click here to view the Southeast Clean Energy Industry Census Report.

Click here to view the Georgia Clean Energy Industry Census Report.

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Clean Energy Industry Community Forums

Building upon the success of the Clean Energy Industry Census, we request that clean energy firms participate in Community Forums to discuss the best strategies to grow Georgia’s clean energy industry. A “community” of firms can be based on sector (e.g., building efficiency, solar, or smart grid) or geography (e.g., metro Savannah, west Georgia, or metro Atlanta). Community Forums will be moderated discussions, approximately 90 minutes long with 10 to 30 participants each, to obtain the following insights:
•    What are Georgia’s clean energy assets?
•    What are the strengths that Georgia should build upon?
•    What barriers does Georgia face in growing the clean energy industry and how can they be overcome?
•    What strategies for growing the clean energy industry best fit Georgia’s strengths and resources?

Your community’s input will help develop a clean energy roadmap for both Georgia and the Southeast (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia).
This project is part of a Department of Energy initiative to boost America’s manufacturing competiveness. We will post Community Forum materials on this webpage soon. is a comprehensive source for Georgia's energy data. The site is a free resource developed by Southface with assistance from Georgia State University's Geospatial Laboratory. The site provides interactive maps, charts and tables that allow users to understand Georgia’s total energy, electricity and solar trends. The Solar Map available on is the most complete and current source for Georgia solar installation data. is listed on the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Georgia portal. The EIA is the definitive source for energy data in the United States.

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