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Advanced Solar Initiative

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Where can I view the ASI Small contract prior to applying?

Click on the following link to view a draft copy of the ASI Small contract. (This is a draft copy only)

Where can I view the ASI Medium contract prior to applying?

Click on the following link to view a draft copy of the ASI Medium contract. (This is a draft copy only)

What is required for site control in 2014?

Participant is required to submit the attached affidavit through Power Clerk as part of the application process for 2014. If, during the application period, Participant has questions regarding the definition of Site Control as it applies to the project site, please contact the Company at G2GPASI@SOUTHERNCO.COM for further clarification.

How can I obtain interconnection costs prior to applying?

Due to the high volume of inquiries, Georgia Power is not able to provide firm interconnection estimates for all projects prior to applying. Georgia Power Region Engineers may be able to provide non-binding estimated costs to interconnect at the customer site prior to submitting the application. Please be aware these high level estimates do not include detailed system studies or capacity related reviews and are subject to change. A detailed study (which includes capacity review) and firm estimate will be performed after submitted projects are approved.

To begin the process of obtaining a non-binding estimate, CLICK HERE to request a non-binding estimate. We will respond to your request in 1 week..

How will participants be chosen from the applications?

To be considered for participation, applications must be completed, including all necessary attachments, and submitted online through PowerClerk between March 26 and April 4, 2014. If completed applications exceed program capacity limits Georgia Power will conduct a lottery with PSC oversight to ensure transparency and fairness for all applicants.

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 user ID and Password. If you do have your ID and Password enter them in the corresponding boxes.

If I already have a User Id and password from the previous year do I need a new one?

If you were already issued a User Id and password from the previous year’s program, you do not need another one issued.

Will there be a separate Interconnection Agreement to submit along with the application?

No separate interconnection agreement will be required if you are connected to the Georgia Power Distribution System, but a Transmission Interconnection will require a separate Interconnection Agreement.

What is a creditworthy counterpart?

“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.

Will my application fee be refunded if I am not selected to participate in the program or placed on the waiting list?

Application fees for 2014 are nonrefundable.

How will you decide who is allowed to participate?

If applications exceed program capacity limits, Georgia Power will conduct a lottery for all approved participant applications no later than May 2.

What happens if my application is accepted?

Georgia Power will work with participants to execute agreements for accepted applications in a timely fashion. The facility has to reach commercial operation within six (6) months of Georgia Power’s Acceptance Date. If necessary, Georgia Power will conduct an interconnection study to determine if the Facility will adversely impact the electric system. The study may identify necessary system upgrades, and if applicable, Georgia Power will develop estimated costs of system upgrades needed to interconnect the Facility. Georgia Power will provide a copy of the study to the Participant and will meet with the Participant upon request to review these results. If there are costs resulting from the addition of the Facility to the system, the Participant is required to pay these costs before Georgia Power will interconnect the Facility to the distribution system.

The Acceptance Date is not the date the application was submitted, but the date the agreement is executed.

How will I be notified if I am or am not selected as a winner in the lottery?

If applications exceed program capacity limits, Georgia Power will conduct a lottery, with PSC oversight, to ensure transparency and fairness for all applicants. The lottery will be conducted no later than May 2.

Applications that are selected through the lottery will subsequently receive a status update of "approved" through PowerClerk. If you are selected through the lottery process, please note that even though your application may be marked "complete" and/or "approved" there still may be issues that must be resolved prior to your installation. You will be assigned a Project Manager and we encourage you to work with your Project Manager to ensure that your project is capable of being brought on-line with respect to the program guidelines.

Additionally, all projects not selected through the lottery will be placed on a waiting list. Projects that are selected through the waiting list will receive additional communications from Georgia Power.

How will the 2013 rollover capacity be awarded?

Unused Capacity from 2013 will be awarded to projects sited on Customer Premises*(see definition of premise at bottom of page). If applications exceed rollover capacity, Georgia Power will conduct a lottery, with PSC oversight, to ensure transparency and fairness for all applicants. The lottery will be conducted no later than May 2.

Any projects not selected in the 2013 rollover lottery will be automatically entered into the lottery for the 45MW of 2014 capacity.

Who is responsible for the interconnection costs?

Transmission

  • The Participant will be responsible for ensuring a safe and reliable interconnection with the Company’s transmission guidelines.

Distributed Generation

Who will own the Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)?

The customer/developer retains ownership of all RECs. Georgia Power purchases only the energy.

How will I be paid?

Participants can elect to receive a credit on their bill or payments issued directly to them. We will issue checks if the credit is consistently greater than the cost of the electric service.

If the “Participant” is not a Georgia Power customer, is the payment issued directly? 

Participants will become Georgia Power customers. A separate meter is required to track the production of the solar installation, therefore the participant needs to establish a Georgia Power account (the GS rate is most often recommended for small commercial accounts), and then the credits will be issued through that account.  We will issue checks if the credit is consistently greater than the cost of the electric service.

What types of performance guarantees are required?

If participant’s annual capacity factor falls below 10 percent of the generator’s maximum production capability or if annual capacity factor is greater than 20 percent of the generator’s maximum production capability, then the participant must make necessary adjustments or repairs to correct its annual capacity factor.

  1. *The calculation of annual Capacity Factor is: % CF = annual kWh/ (8760 * installed DC kW)*.

What happens if I choose to sell the facility?

With prior written notice to Georgia Power, participants may assign the agreement to a new facility owner. Failure to notify Georgia Power thirty (30) days prior to the sale of the facility may result in immediate default and termination of the agreement. Any proposed assignee of the agreement shall expressly agree to assume participant’s obligations.

What types of inverters are allowed?

Inverters should have the UL1741 certification and IEEE 1547 approved.

What’s the maximum size installation I can develop for the program?

Each customer account is limited to a 1 small/medium project per premise (see definition of premise at bottom of page) and no more than 20 MWs worth of participation within the program.

Example: Customer X has 25 addresses each with separate account numbers and wants to develop a 1 MW facility at each site. Georgia Power will only grant Customer X the opportunity to develop 20 of those sites in 2014 since the program is capped at 20 MWs per customer for the Advanced Solar Initiative Program.

Do I have to be a Georgia Power customer to participate in the small and medium program?

You do not currently have to be a Georgia Power Customer to participate, however if your project(s) are chosen in the lottery you will be required to establish a Georgia Power Account.

Can the “Participant” be a third-party owner of the solar system, separate from the building owner?

Yes, a participant can be a third party owner. Participant means the counterparty to this Agreement, and includes any entity or person controlling, controlled by or under common ownership or control with Participant, including any subsidiary, related member in a limited liability company or other pass-through entity, or spouse or family member of the Participant.

What does customer located mean?

Facility is installed on an existing Georgia Power customer’s premises. The requirements should be consistent with the Definition of Premises as defined by the Territorial Act. See Premises Definition below.

Will projects outside of Georgia Power territory be accepted?

Projects outside of Georgia Power Territory will be considered on a case by case basis. General guidelines for acceptance are below:

  • Developer must build to existing Georgia Power territory
  • Developer will bear all costs of interconnection
  • Interconnection Point will be at sole discretion of Georgia Power
  • Developer must acquire all required permits

Developer must work with local EMC regarding any territorial issues. Three Party Agreement may be required for the station service load.

These are the minimum considerations. Additional considerations/requirements may be added as deemed necessary by Georgia Power.

Can I interconnect to the transmission system?

Transmission Interconnections will be considered on a case by case basis. Interconnection costs are typically substantial and may vary.

  • General Requirements
    • Must be an existing transmission served customer
    • Solar facility must be sized not to exceed the existing customer load.
    • Transmission Interconnection Agreement Required
    • Three Party Agreement Required
  • All Non-binding estimate requests should be completed through OASIS
    • Additional charges will be required for transmission interconnection studies
    • OASIS – http://www.oasis.oati.com/ (Click on Southern Company logo)

What does Georgia Power customer premises mean?

“Premises” as defined by the Georgia Territorial Act: the building, structure, or facility to which electricity is being or is to be furnished, provided that two or more buildings, structures, or facilities which are located on one tract or contiguous tracts of land and are utilized by one electric consumer shall together constitute one premises; provided, however, that any such building, structure, or facility shall not, together with any other building, structure, or facility, constitute one premises if the permanent service to it is separately metered and the charges for such service are calculated independently of charges for service to any other building, structure, or facility; provided, further, that an outdoor security light, or an outdoor sign requiring less than 2200 watts, shall not constitute a premises.

How many projects will be allowed on each site?

Only one Small project or one Medium project will be permitted per parcel and/or address.

Does the affidavit have to have my application number?

No. You won’t get your application number until you upload your application.

How many days do I have to submit my application fee(s)?

The check for the application fee shall be sent via overnight courier (e.g., FedEx, UPS) to Georgia Power. Failure to provide the application fee within three (3) business days from the date of the submitted application in PowerClerk is grounds for Georgia Power to reject this Agreement, provided such delay is not solely caused by the courier service, the evidence of which shall be concluded from the information reported in the courier’s tracking system.

Where do I mail my application fee(s)?

Application fees should be remitted to the following address:

Georgia Power Company
GPASI Project Manager
Bin #: 20023
241 Ralph McGill Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30308


Participants Conference Questions March 19, 2014

Application Fees

Is the application fee credited towards the interconnection expense of a project?

No, the application fee will not be credited towards the interconnection expense of a project.

What’s the purpose of the non-refundable application fees?

In order to ensure an applicant pool of qualified projects and to offset program administration costs, a non-refundable fee of $25 for projects up to 10 kW and $5.00/kW for projects over 10kw will be charged to all program participants.

Will my application fee be refunded if I am not selected?

The application fees for the 2014 program are non-refundable.

Customer Located Projects

In the event a lottery is required for the 2013 Rollover, will customer-located projects roll into the ASI 2014 program if not selected for the 2013 Rollover?

Yes, customer-located projects, as defined in PowerClerk, that are not selected in the 2013 Rollover lottery will be automatically placed into the 2014 program applicant pool.

Will customer connected facilities qualify for the 2013 Rollover?

Yes, the remaining 12 MW from 2013 will be awarded to projects sited on Customer Premises, as defined in Powerclerk. If applications exceed the rollover availability, Georgia Power will conduct a lottery, with PSC oversight, to ensure transparency and fairness for all applicants. The lottery will be conducted no later than May 2.

How are customer-selected sites handled?

The remaining 12 MW in the 2013 Rollover will be awarded to projects sited on Customer Premises as that term is defined in PowerClerk. Customer-located projects that are not selected for the 2013 Rollover will be automatically placed into the 2014 applicant pool.

Can an EMC restrict using a site if it is a customer choice site?

There are two possible scenarios:

  • If a project site is located in what is considered unassigned or Customer Choice territory, the applicant has a right to choose its electric provider.
  • If a project site is located on Customer Choice premises that is served by Georgia Power in EMC territory, Georgia Power can serve this facility without a three party agreement if the existing customer is also the Participant. If a third party developer will be the Participant, a three party agreement may be required. Check with the local service provider to determine if a three party agreement will be required.

What does customer of GPC mean?

It means the applicant must be an established Georgia Power customer as of January 31, 2014 with an active Georgia Power account.

Addresses/Site Limits

Can I secure site control with a letter of intent?

Georgia Power requires that an affidavit be submitted for site control confirmation. Site control is defined in the site control affidavit. Please consult with an attorney for additional clarification on what is needed to establish site control.

Will distinct addresses on a parcel work?

Yes, each project must have either a unique parcel number or a unique address. The Company considers the project address to be the physical location of the project Facility as that address is identified by the U.S Postal Service (street number, street name, city, state, zip code). In the event that the property location has not been assigned a U.S.P.S. address, please provide the identity of the applicable local property tax authority and the parcel identification number assigned by such property tax authority.

Is a parcel number enough to apply?

Yes, if an applicant does not have a legal address at the time of application, enter 0 and a street name (e.g., 0 Main Street). Applications are limited to one project per parcel number if an address is not yet established. Once an address is acquired, an applicant may contact the assigned Project Manager to request an address change in PowerClerk.

Can three projects be sited at my address with three different accounts?

No, only one project per address or parcel is allowed.

Where are the majority of the solar facilities located? Is there a site location pricing differential regarding the 13¢/kwh?

Due to privacy policies, Georgia Power cannot provide location-specific information. There is no pricing differential in the program based on site location; however, interconnection costs will vary based on site location.

I will be submitting two projects outside of Georgia Power territory. What are the steps required to qualify these two projects for participation in the program this year?

Please contact the local EMC or service provider to enter into a three party agreement allowing Georgia Power to serve the site. At a minimum, Georgia Power recommends that the applicant asks the EMC to sign the document prior to the applicant submits an application to the ASI program. If the project is selected into the program, the applicant will be required to submit the signed three party agreement to the assigned Georgia Power Project Manager.

Program Administration

How many MW can one applicant bid into the program?

Each applicant can bid up to 35% of the available 57 MW for the 2013 Rollover/2014 ASI Program. This is equivalent to 20MW. If an applicant wishes to submit projects into the 2013 Rollover Capacity and the 2014 general lottery, the total projects submitted for both programs cannot exceed 20MW.

Can I change the installer in Step 2 of the application process?

Although an applicant cannot change the installer in Step 2, the assigned Project Manager can make this change on the applicant’s behalf.

Will applicants on the 2013 waiting list have preference over new applicants?

No, the 2013 waiting list will not carry over into 2014. Is there a binding agreement deadline for signature between GPC and participant? Both parties are to act expeditiously in executing the contract once the project is awarded. The Company anticipates that all contracts will be executed by May 31, per the Commission order dated February 18, 2014.

What documents are required for step 1 and for step 2 of the application process?

For Step 1, the Affidavit for Site Control and a copy of the application fee check are required.

For Step 2, the contract, one lines diagrams, panel specifications and inverter specifications are required. Each step has required fields that must be completed in the application process. Please refer to PowerClerk for additional details.

Are there any online maps available that show the closest three phase line in an area or to check load capacity?

Georgia Power does not have maps that can be accessed by the general public, but the Company can assist you with locating the nearest three phase line to a site. Simply e-mail the GPASI Team at g2gpasi@southernco.com. Due to the amount of time required to complete interconnection studies, load capacity data will not be made available prior to the lottery.

What are the collateral requirements?

Please refer to the medium scale contract for the requirements for providing collateral if the Participant selects to receive levelized payments.

Can wind and solar be combined?

No, ASI is a program that is designed for the sale and purchase of solar generation. Wind energy will not be purchased as part of the ASI program.

Are trackers allowed?

No, the Medium and Small-Scale ASI programs require a fixed tilt panel.

What information is the Company seeking in regards to “parcel/address”?

The Company considers the project address to be the physical location of the project Facility as that address is identified by the U.S Postal Service (street number, street name, city, state, zip code). In the event that the property location has not been assigned a U.S.P.S. address, please provide the identity of the applicable local property tax authority and the parcel identification number assigned by such property tax authority.

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