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2015/2016 ASI Distributed Generation Information

When will the 2015/2016 ASI Distributed Generation Program be announced?

On Tuesday, March 17, the Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC) approved a motion by Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald that set parameters on the ASI Distributed Generation (DG) Program for 2015 and 2016. Georgia Power filed the program on May 11 announcing a combined solicitation totaling 100 MW. The 2015/2016 ASI DG capacity will be procured through both competitive bidding and fixed pricing with the program split into three “Groups” that each have unique schedules. Information about the program can be found at the independent monitor's website https://gpcasidg.accionpower.com. Participants are required to register on the website and all proposals and applications must be presented through the website. Interested parties are invited to review the draft documents posted on the website, and to provide anonymous comments before Monday, June 1, 2015. All comments will be reviewed by GPC, the Staff of the Georgia Public Service Commission and the independent monitor (Accion Power). Please refer to the 2015/2016 ASI DG Program timeline and more information as it becomes available [here].

How will the 2015/2016 ASI Distributed Generation Program compare to previous years?

The 2015/2016 ASI DG program will be procured through both competitive bidding and fixed pricing for a combined solicitation totaling 100 MW. Please refer to the 2015/2016 ASI DG Program timeline and more information as it becomes available [here].

How can I obtain interconnection costs prior to bidding?

Please refer to the “Non-Binding Interconnection Guidance” located on Accion Power's website [here].

How do I request a User ID and Password from Accion Power?

Please register on Accion Power's website [here].

Do I need a new User ID and Password for the 2015/2016 ASI Distributed Generation Program?

Yes. The 2015/2016 Program will be administered by Accion Power. Anyone interested in participating in 2015/2016 will need to register through Accion Power's website [here].

Please define the term “Creditworthy”?

 “Creditworthy” means a person has an investment-grade rating such that its senior unsecured debt (or issuer rating if such person has no senior unsecured debt rating) is rated at least (i) BBB- by Standard & Poor’s Rating Group (“S&P”), if rated by S&P, (ii) Baa3 by Moody’s Investors Service, Inc., (“Moody’s”), if rated by Moody’s, and (iii) BBB- by Fitch Ratings (“Fitch”), if rated by Fitch, or a comparable rating from any entity succeeding to the functions and business of any of such rating agencies, respectively. While a person is not required to have a senior unsecured debt rating (or issuer rating if such person has no senior unsecured debt rating) from each of S&P, Moody’s and Fitch, a person shall no longer be “Creditworthy” if such person ceases to have a senior unsecured debt rating (or issuer rating if such person has no senior unsecured debt rating) from at least one S&P, Moody’s and Fitch, or from any entity succeeding to the functions and business of any of such rating agencies, respectively.

How will I be paid for my facility’s solar output?

A participant may elect to receive (i) a credit on his or her monthly bill or (ii) a check issued directly to the participant. Georgia Power issues payment via checks if the credit is consistently greater than the cost of the electric service to the premises.

What if the participant is not a Georgia Power customer? How is the payment issued?

All participants become Georgia Power customers. A separate meter is required to track the production of the solar generation; therefore, the participant will establish a Georgia Power account and a bill credit is issued through that same account. Georgia Power issues a check if the credit is consistently greater than the cost of the electric service to the premises.

Do I have to be a Georgia Power customer to participate in the 2015/2016 ASI Distributed Generation Program?

Yes. See the question and answer above.

What types of inverters are allowed?

Inverters must have UL1741 certification and must be IEEE 1547-approved.

REC Disclaimer: A Renewable Energy Certificate (REC), sometimes called a renewable energy credit, represents the renewable attributes of energy produced from a renewable energy facility. RECs are considered a commodity and can be sold or traded separately from the actual energy. Georgia Power purchases only the null energy output from the renewable generating facilities that have contracted to sell energy from their solar facilities through the Large Scale Solar (LSS) program and the initial (2013/2014) Advance Solar Initiative (ASI). The sole ownership of RECs belong to each generating facility, as specifically stated in each respective power purchase agreement (PPA). The original intent of these programs was to grow renewable resources in Georgia, while allowing the generating facilities to retain the benefits of the RECs. Georgia Power does not report emission reductions from the null energy purchased through PPAs that do not bundle the RECs for sale to Georgia Power.

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