Georgia Power to expand solar energy capacity

It explains the Solar Purchase Tariff will allow it to purchase an additional 1.5 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity from customers at 17 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for generating facilities designed to produce less than 100 kilowatts. It adds that customers who sell solar under the new tariff must agree to share all cost and operational information so the company can gain experience in solar electricity generation.

Georgia Power has also said it will issue a request for proposals (RFP) for an additional one MW of solar capacity with no project size restriction. Furthermore, it will consider solar proposals in this RFP with a price of 15 cents per kWh or less.

The company went on to say that it will use this solar energy to supply the Premium Green Energy product. Customers can reportedly purchase 100-kilowatt-hour blocks of Premium Green Energy with a 50 percent solar component for USD$5 per block or Standard Green Energy, generated from biomass sources, for USD$3.50 per block.

"Since we began offering customers a 50 percent solar option, we’ve added almost 1,000 new blocks of the Premium Green Energy product to the program," said Angela Strickland, director of Energy Efficiency. "By increasing our solar capacity in the program to 5.4 MW, we hope to keep pace with the significant growth of solar purchases by our customers both now and in the future."

Georgia Power’s Solar Purchase Tariff and revised RNR tariff will go into effect next January 1.