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.

Commercial Energy Efficiency Ordinance
Georgia Clean Energy Industry Census
Clean Energy Industry Community Forums

Commercial Energy Efficiency Ordinance

On April 20th, Atlanta City Council passed an ordinance that will require property owners to benchmark their energy and water use and conduct an energy audit every 10 years. Commercial buildings 50,000 sq. ft. and over must submit an initial benchmark using Energy Star Portfolio Manager® to the city by July 20th. Benchmarking support is available through seminars, trainings and workshops for building owners, property managers and facility operators. These technical support events are free, but registration is required. Click here to register.


For compliance inquiries, visit, call 3-1-1, or contact the Mayor’s office of Sustainability at or call 404-335-1959. Benchmarking support is also available through our helpdesk hotline, 404-604-3665, or via email at




Images courtesy of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Georgia Clean Energy Industry Census

In 2014, Southface and its partners in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia conducted the second Southeast Clean Energy Industry Census. The 2014 Georgia Clean Energy Industry Census is part of the broader four-state Southeast Census.

Southface identified 678 firms that are in Georgia’s clean energy industry, which includes the solar, wind, biomass, hydroelectric, geothermal, smart grid, energy efficiency, energy storage, fuel cell and alternative vehicle fuel sectors. These 678 Georgia clean energy firms provide 19,633 full-time jobs and generate over $2.9 billion of gross revenue annually. 

Please visit for interactive charts and graphs regarding Census results for Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Click here to view the 2014 Georgia Clean Energy Industry Census Report.


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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Click here to read the 2014 Georgia Clean Energy Industry Census