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Clean Power Georgia Power files largest solar initiative in state history

Published on November 21st, 2012 | by Guest Contributor

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SEIA Applauds Georgia Power Solar Roadmap (Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative)

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November 21st, 2012 by
 
 
The following is the Solar Energy Industries Association’s statement on Georgia Power Company’s new solar roadmap:

Georgia Power files largest solar initiative in state historyWASHINGTON, DC – The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved a roadmap put forth by the Georgia Power Company for how the company intends to create one of the nation’s largest voluntarily-developed solar portfolios by an investor-owned utility.

To meet the 210 MW target put forth in the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI), Georgia Power will add 90 MW of generation over 2013, 2014 and 2015 through a distributed sliding scale program for residential and commercial projects. The company will also add 120 MW of utility-scale generation projects between 2013 and 2015. The completed 210 megawatts of solar electric capacity will be enough to power nearly 20,000 average Georgia households.

Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association said, “We applaud the Georgia Public Service Commission for approving this plan by Georgia Power to help grow Georgia’s burgeoning solar energy market. Approval of the GPASI is a great first step towards Georgia meeting its full solar potential. We’re especially encouraged that the PSC and Georgia Power chose to add more distributed generation into this plan than what was originally proposed. This key addition will allow more families and businesses to go solar, while creating jobs throughout the state.”

Peter Corbett, president and chairman of Georgia SEIA said, “Georgia SEIA is grateful for the efforts by the Georgia PSC and their staff to make the GPASI a reality. We are very pleased about the amount of distributed generation the PSC has included, which will make great strides in both expanding solar where it’s needed most and helping it to become a key component of the energy mix for the rate base.”

The solar industry more than doubled the amount of solar installed in the U.S. in the second quarter of this year compared to 2011, with growth continuing in the second half of 2012. Today, the solar industry employs more than 119,000 Americans at 5,600 companies, mostly small businesses, across all 50 states. The top 10 states for total solar electric capacity are (in descending order): California, New Jersey, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York and North Carolina. Georgia is not currently ranked in the top 25 states in terms of installed capacity in the latest Solar Market Insight® reporthowever, the GPASI projects are likely to propel the state much higher on the list in the coming years.

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About SEIA:
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,100 member companies to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org

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  • Kyle Sager

    A little perspective: As of TODAY, New Jersey has 330 MW solar power installed. The goal touted in this article is 210 MW.

    New Jersey’s population is 10% smaller than Georgia’s today. New Jersey sits about 435 miles north of Georgia’s latitude and thus receives much less direct sun. So we are told it’s exciting that Georgia will have 60% LESS SOLAR in 5 years than a smaller state with less sun and less people has installed TODAY? Here is a hint: New Jersey did most of its 330 MW in much less time than Georgia Power is targeting.

    Stop fighting renewable goals at the legislature and stop fighting 3rd party financing for rooftop solar. Rooftop solar is important. This is about climate. This is about our children and their children being able to farm food.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Kyle, do you have a source for total installed solar capacity up until today (or close to it)? I’ve been wanting to do a piece on per capita solar, but not finding a good source of data.

  • Kyle Sager

    Georgia Power needs to get out of the way of state legislation for 3rd party financing of rooftop solar. Given our location, solar deployments in other regions of the country and world, and climate change (Sandy)…210 MW by 2017 is inadequate. Southern Company is spending at times beyond $12 million a year just on lobbying. ===> Southern Company just took live an 840 MW Natural Gas power in McDonough! Four times the “goal” for solar in 2017. If similar massive natural gas installations take place elsewhere over the next 5 years…That comparison is what will tell you Southern Company’s commitment to preventing the destruction we are doing to the planet with CO2. Georgia Power needs to start structuring smart grid and let customers do rooftop solar the way other geographies are.

    Rooftop solar is key. Show you care for real. Support rooftop solar.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Southern Company is building two new very expensive nuclear reactors. They’ve managed to get the Georgia state government to allow them to overcharge their customers in order to seize money from customers to help pay for these reactors. Once the reactors are built they will almost certainly raise rates even higher to pay for their cost and financing.
      They’ve got to be sweating bullets hoping that customer owned solar doesn’t destroy their ability to make a profit, even avoid bankruptcy. Over the next 5-10 years while they work to bring their reactors on line solar prices are going to fall and we may see very affordable storage appear.
      Just imagine what will happen when customers start fleeing in mass by setting up their own power systems in order to avoid the high cost of new nuclear.

      I don’t think anyone should be surprised to see Southern Company trying to prevent wind and solar coming on line.

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