Georgia Power, a utility firm owned by Southern Company, has announced it has received approval from the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) for its new solar initiative called the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI).
“We are pleased the Commission has approved our Advanced Solar Initiative,” said Georgia Power’s President and CEO Paul Bowers. “Developed in cooperation with the PSC, our solar plan will encourage new, cost competitive opportunities for solar development in our state while helping Georgia Power continue to build a diverse generation portfolio that provides our customers with the safest, most reliable and most cost effective electric system in the nation.”
Under the initiative, Georgia Power is aiming to acquire 210MW of PV capacity through long-term contracts over a two-year period. In order to meet this target, the company will seek to acquire 60MW of capacity each year through a request for proposal (RFP) utility-scale programme which is targeting projects between 1MW and 20MW. These proposals will be conducted in 2013 and 2014 and require commercial operation dates in 2015 and 2016.
For small (<100kW) and medium scale (100-1,000kW) projects, the company will launch a Distributed Scale programme by 2013 which will provide opportunities for up to 45MW a year. Georgia Power may begin signing solar contracts under the Distributed Scale programme in the first quarter of 2013.
Georgia Power already has several solar initiatives in place including its Large Scale Solar Program which was approved in 2011. The company currently has 61.5MW of PV capacity under contract.