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We provide customers with safe, reliable and cost-effective electricity. Our GPASI program represents our continued commitment to renewable energy and a way to bring more cost-effective solar generation to Georgia.

2015/2016 ASI Distributed Generation Information


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

On Tuesday, March 17th the Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC) approved a motion by Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald that set parameters on project selection, pricing, and set the guidelines on how the Distributed Generation (DG) projects will interconnect with Georgia Power’s distribution system. Please refer to the GPSC website for the motion/order [here]. Georgia Power is currently working with the Georgia Public Service Commission Staff to develop the timeline for the program rollout. We will continue to update [this] website with 2015/2016 program information as it comes available.

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

The Georgia Public Service Commission approved motion Calls for 50 MW to be procured through a competitive bidding process and 50 MW to be procured at fixed pricing through an online application process. We will continue to update [this] website with 2015 program information as it comes available.

How can I obtain interconnection costs prior to bidding?

Please refer to the “Non-Binding Interconnection Guidelines” located on our website [here].

How do I request a User ID and Password from PowerClerk?

If you do not have a User ID and Password, please email Georgia Power at G2GPASI@southernco.com to have one sent to you via email and complete the GPASI Participant Information sheet by clicking the link. Please allow 24 – 48 hours for creation of the User ID and Password.

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

No. If you were already issued a User Id and Password from the 2014 ASI DG program, it will still be valid for future programs.

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 (1) a credit on his or her monthly bill or (2) 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.

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