In step with the rapidly changing business infrastructure of energy utilities, Georgia Power has announced the launch of a new solar sales and installation service for customers, beginning July 1.
As an unregulated offering, the program is being administered by Georgia Power Energy Services, a business unit that provides customers with the turnkey installation of energy efficiency products. Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of America’s largest generators of electricity.
The state of Georgia is considered to be a fast-growing area for solar energy. In a press announcement, Norrie McKenzie, vice president of renewable development for Georgia Power said that “Georgia has one of the fastest growing and most competitive solar markets in the country. Our new solar offering further delivers on our commitment to provide the energy choices our customers want and the world-class service they expect.”
Georgia Power’s process makes it easy for customers to determine if solar is right for them. The first step for residential customers considering solar is to use an interactive tool on the Georgia Power website pertaining to solar. A Georgia Power solar energy expert will then contact interested parties to discuss potential solar installations and estimated energy savings. Customers choosing to move forward with installing solar can use an installer of their choice or Georgia Power’s unregulated Energy Services team, which will manage the solar installation and work directly with the customer. If the customer decides not to move forward with installing solar, then Georgia Power can provide information about other customized energy solutions.
Thanks to constructive regulation and a competitive marketplace, Georgia is leading the nation as one of the fastest growing solar states. Through Georgia Power’s various solar programs, the company is adding thousands of solar panels to Georgia’s energy landscape. All of the company’s solar resources will have been procured at costs designed to prevent upward pressure on rates and ensure that solar offers the most value for Georgia Power customers.
Georgia Advanced Solar Initiuative
In November 2012, the Georgia Public Service Commission approved the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI). The initial goal of this solar program was to procure 210 MW of solar capacity. The program has since expanded significantly. GPASI was primarily created to spur economic growth within the solar community in Georgia, while offering pricing that encourages more renewable development.
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