In addition to growing the amount of solar energy included in the company's overall energy mix, Georgia Power is also increasing the solar energy capacity of the Green Energy Program. Georgia Power conducted a solar request for proposal (RFP) to procure energy from up to 1 MW of solar generation to supply the voluntary green-pricing program. The winning bid was chosen in December of 2011 and the 1 MW project came online in June 2012.
The Green Energy Program now has 5.4 MW of solar capacity under contract. Georgia Power has 4.4 MW of solar energy under contract from customers through the Solar Purchase Program.
The Green Energy Program's main sources are solar and landfill gas—which is a type of biomass. Landfill gas comes from the landfill gas-to-energy generation facilities at DeKalb County's Seminole Landfill and Waste Management's Superior Landfill in Savannah. Solar energy comes from individual solar-power producers.
In May of 2011, Georgia Power's Green Energy Program received a huge solar-power boost due to an agreement signed with Wiregrass Solar and the Lowndes County Industrial Authority. Wiregrass Solar, the county, and Hannah Solar recently completed a 230-kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic facility. The facility will produce approximately 350,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually.
"This is the largest solar farm in the Solar Purchase Program," notes Wilson Mallard, green energy program manager. "We are really proud to add it to our program, and we look forward to adding more solar capacity to the program as we need it."
Mallard says he expects more solar facilities to be built as green energy becomes more popular with individuals and companies.
"We are excited about the future and hope to grow the program significantly," says Mallard.
Did You Know?
Georgia Power has a wholesale contract to supply 1 megawatt of solar energy to Dalton Utilities. See more of our solar projects.
Did You Know?
Georgia Power currently has nearly 1,100 megawatts (MW) of hydro, biomass, landfill gas and solar energy in its renewable generation portfolio. Along with nuclear energy, which is virtually emissions-free, the company generates nearly a quarter of its electricity from these energy sources.
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