US electric utility Georgia Power has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for nearly 500MW of new utility-scale solar in the state.

Of the 500MW of capacity for which the company is inviting proposals, 70MW is to fulfil the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI), a purchase programme to contract 210MW solar capacity by November 2014. Another 425MW of the proposal is part of Georgia Power’s integrated resource plan.

The 500MW RFP process is to be conducted with energy consultancy, Accion Group, providing oversight and acting as independent evaluator.

Georgia Power is hosting a request for proposal bidders’ conference on 13 January and comments on the proposal will be accepted by Georgia Power until 31 January.

In July Georgia Power received approval for constructing 525MW of solar generation by 2016 after Georgia’s public service commission voted in favour of the solar development.

As of March 2013, Georgia had only 749 PV installations with a capacity of 22,101kW, according to the Georgia Solar Energy Association.