Georgia Power, a subsidiary of one of America’s largest generators of electricity, announced Wednesday that it has filed a new solar initiative — the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative (“GPASI”) — with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC), which would see Georgia Power acquire 210 megawatts (MW) of additional solar capacity through long-term contracts over a three year period.
“We believe the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative will encourage new opportunities for solar development in our state and catapult us to the forefront of this clean, safe energy technology,” said Georgia Power President and CEO Paul Bowers. “This initiative builds upon our record of maintaining not only one of the nation’s safest and most reliable electric systems at rates below the national average, but one of the most innovative as well. We will continue to build a diverse generation portfolio that utilizes the most cost effective and advanced technologies to benefit our customers.”
According to Georgia Power, it “would purchase 60 megawatts annually for three years through a competitive request for proposal (RFP) program with projects ranging in size from 1-20 megawatts. By as early as 2013, a Distributed Scale program would provide opportunities for up to 10 megawatts per year of smaller solar projects with specific reservations for Small Scale (less than 100 kW) and Medium Scale (100-1,000 kW) projects.”
Georgia Solar Energy Association (GSEA) Executive Director Jessica Moore is closely following the Public Service Commission’s deliberations on this proposal.
“We are glad to see Georgia Power recognize solar as a viable, cost-effective method of delivering electricity to its customers. This is a good first step toward increasing Georgia’s solar infrastructure,” Moore said. “Solar creates jobs, keeps rising energy rates in check and makes Georgia more self-sufficient when it comes to meeting our energy needs.”
“We look forward to working with Georgia Power to ensure a straightforward and simple process for interested Georgia businesses and families who want to install and provide solar to Georgia Power,” says Pete Corbett, President of the Georgia Solar Industry Association (GASEIA).