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Approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission in November 2012, the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI) is an innovative solar energy purchase program that contracted for 210 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity in 2014. GPASI was primarily created to spur economic growth within the solar community in Georgia while offering pricing that encourages more renewable development and avoids any upward rate pressure and reliability impacts to Georgia Power customers. With this goal in mind, Georgia Power designed two programs to continue to develop solar in Georgia: 1) offer existing Georgia Power customers additional options to sell distributed solar generation back to Georgia Power through small and medium scale power purchase programs; and 2) offer solar developers the opportunity to bring large photovoltaic (PV) solar arrays to market through a competitive a utility-scale RFP. In July 2013, the Public Service Commission approved an additional 525 MW of solar capacity. 515 MW were procured through the Utility Scale program and 100 MW will be procured through the Distributed Generation Program in 2015.
Overview of the Programs
Distributed Generation Program – Small and Medium Scale GPASI programsThe Small and Medium Scale programs will seek 45 MW of projects in 2013 and 2014, with a target allocation of 11 MW and 34 MW respectively in each program. The Small Scale option, designed with residential and small commercial customers in mind, is for projects up to 100 kW. The Medium Scale option is for 101 kW up to 1 MW. Additionally, participants are limited to 35% (20MW) of program capacity in 2014. Applications for the 2014 Small and Medium Scale programs will be accepted beginning March 26, 2014. Georgia Power expects that all projects will be brought online through these programs by the end of 2014. For more information, please visit our GPASI Small and Medium Scale webpage.
Utility Scale RFP Program
In 2014, Georgia Power solicited proposals through a combined Requests for Proposals (RFP) process to fulfill nearly 500 megawatts (MW) of utility-scale solar generation. The RFP included 70 MW to complete the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI) portfolio and 425 MW approved as part of the company’s 2013 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The RFP was conducted with oversight by the Accion Group, Inc., which served as the Independent Evaluator for the process.
The RFP was concluded in October 2014, with the Company filing the awarded PPAs with the Georgia Public Service Commission for approval and certification. Although the individual PPAs have varying in-service dates, Georgia Power expects all of the selected projects to reach commercial operation by the end of 2016.
The Lottery Winners for small- and medium-scale solar installations have been selected.
Small and Medium Scale Application Information
GPASI Utility Scale Offering
For more information on the utility scale RFP and associated timeline, please visit the Independent Monitor's website.
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