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September 2008

(SAVANNAH) Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance & The passage of House Bill 670 in 2008

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Thanks to a new state law, you or your business can get tax credits for energy efficient and renewable energy technologies. Ben Taube, the executive director of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, will speak about energy policy and the tax credits to the Savannah chapter of the United States Green Building Council on Sept. 23. The meeting is free and open to the public. Taube’s speech is titled “Learn About Energy Policy and the Current Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tax Credits.”

“The passage of House Bill 670 in 2008 by the Georgia legislature is a monumental milestone for the State which provides tax credits for energy efficient and renewable energy technologies on commercial and residential properties,” said Taube, LEED AP. A team led by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) drafted and managed the process of adoption and final signature by the governor. “If you survey those companies in Georgia that focus on the development and installation of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, the majority of their work is outside the State with most occurring in Florida and North Carolina where the tax incentive is robust and has created a demand for these services,” Taube said.

The Sept. 23 meeting is free and open to the public. It will be held from 5:45-7 p.m. on the second floor of Wild Wing Cafe in City Market. RSVP by Sept. 19 to For more information about the Savannah chapter of the USGBC, visit
Taube will talk about the tax credits and future of energy policy in the state. In addition, he will explore energy efficiency policy across the U.S. with a focus on what Georgians should be thinking.
The Southeast region recorded 20 percent population growth in the past decade, making it the country’s most populous region today, SEEA reports. Further, the Southeast is the fastest growing region in the United States. Energy-efficiency measures would help to offset the increased energy needed due to rapid population growth.
Energy-efficient products from air conditioners to TVs save money and make better use of based load electricity. They cost the same or about the same as less efficient models, and if there is a cost difference the efficient product pays for itself in energy savings.
SEEA’s mission is to promote and achieve energy efficiency through networking, program activities, and education. The results of increased energy efficiency will be a cleaner environment, a more prosperous economy, and a higher quality of life in the Southeastern United States. SEEA brings together businesses, utilities, governments, public utility commissions, energy service companies, manufacturers, retailers, energy and environmental organizations, low-income energy advocates, large energy consumers, and universities to promote energy-efficient policies and practices. For more information, visit
The Savannah Chapter of the United States Green Building Council is dedicated to promoting sustainable design and green building throughout the Creative Coast. The group meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The meetings are open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. The USGBC-Savannah Chapter seeks to educate the public on the long-term benefits of green building and how sustainable design can be integrated or implemented into one’s life.

(Savannah) Sustainable Fellwood groundbreaking set for Sept. 16 Melaver, Inc.

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Savannah’s Westside is entering a new era with the redevelopment of Sustainable Fellwood, set to break ground Sept. 16. The mixed-use, mixed-income redevelopment will offer “green” affordable housing. Residents as well as the environment will benefit from the energy efficient heating and air conditioning units and water heaters.
The new development at the 27-acre site serves as a principal component of the City of Savannah’s Westside Development Revitalization Plan. Sustainable Fellwood replaces Fellwood Homes, the first public housing project in Savannah.
Sustainable Fellwood is designed to be a walkable, enjoyable community that preserves as many of the mature trees as possible, with new trees planted as well. The redevelopment is widely considered a national showcase for environmentally-responsible community planning.
Savannah area high school and college students have a chance to put their stamp on this new community by entering the Sustainable Fellwood logo contest. For more information, visit
The groundbreaking for Sustainable Fellwood will take place Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. The outdoor event will be held at the south end of the construction site on Richards Street (across the parking lot from the Lady Bamford Center). A reception will follow in the Moses Jackson Center, 1410 Richards Street, at the corner of Richard s and West Street.
Sustainable Fellwood will be built with sustainable materials with high standards for energy and water efficiency and is registered in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Neighborhood Development pilot program and will be guided by the Smart Growth Network’s principles for diverse, walk-able, distinctive, attractive communities. Sustainable Fellwood is also registered in the EarthCraft Coastal Communities through Southface Energy Institute.
Phase I will include 110 affordable housing units and approximately five single family homes. The project’s first phase is expected to be completed in April 2009, with the community’s first residents moving in the summer of 2009.
Future phases will include 110 affordable housing units, a senior housing apartment building, and single family homes, followed by potential retail, medical and technical space. Amenities will include a clubhouse, an organic community garden, and significant common green space.
About Sustainable Fellwood:
Sustainable Fellwood is a mixed use, mixed income Housing Authority of Savannah redevelopment.  Master Developer: Melaver, Inc., in partnership with Parallel Housing, Progressive Redevelopment, and Vanguard Developers.  In collaboration with: Lott Barber, Architecture and Planning, Catamount Constructors, Inc., City of Savannah, and CHSA Development of Savannah.