Georgia Power to Add More Solar Power

georgia-power-logoGeorgia Power isn’t exactly known for its use of renewable energy resources. In fact, given that the utility meets about 75 percent of its power supply with coal, you could plausibly argue the Southern Company subsidiary isknown for the opposite.

Nevertheless, more solar energy projects in Georgia may soon be on their way. As relayed by PV Tech, Georgia Power is looking for about one megawatt (MW) worth of solarphotovoltaic (PV) projects to be built within its service territory:

Georgia Power has issued a request for proposals (RFP)for up to 1MW of solar PV energy projects that will be used as part ofthe company’s Green Energy program. Georgia Power is looking for solarPV systems that are at least 100kW and under a contract term of 10years. The company will admit bids up to 15 cents per kWh includinginterconnection costs. Solar energy for the RFP is required on or before June 1, 2012.

The company further advised that proposed facilities should not benet metered and must be connected to either Georgia Power’s transmission or distribution grid or the integrated transmission system. Generatorsare required to sell 100% of the solar output from the project toGeorgia Power and must meet the Green-e Energy National Standard forRenewable Electricity Products benchmarks. Bids for the RFP are due byJuly 11.

Georgia Power’s shift to solar is progressing at a glacial pace. It was nearly a year ago that the utility got the green light to move forward with its green energy program. And the 1 MW target isadmittedly pretty modest. (To put this in perspective DTE Energy isaiming to install 15 MW of solar in Michigan, which has about as manyresidents as Georgia.)

Nevertheless, we’re always happy to see a utility take steps toinstall more solar energy generating capacity within its serviceterritory. Let’s hope Georgia Power gets a bit bolder in the future andadds more solar MWs to their green energy target…

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