2015 Large-Scale
Solar Initiative

In July of 2011, the Public Service Commission (PSC) approved Georgia Power's plan to buy up to 50 megawatts (MW) of solar power by 2015. This additional capacity is referred to as the Large-Scale Solar proposal.

Large-Scale Solar Highlights

  • Georgia Power filed a Large-Scale Solar (LSS) proposal with the Public Service Commission (PSC) on June 24, 2011, to purchase up to 50 MW of solar photovoltaic capacity capped at 30 MW per project. Applicants who met the program criteria were awarded contracts on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Simon Solar Farm, LLC built a 30 MW project near Social Circle, Georgia. In addition, Solar Design and Development, LLC, now RET Capital, built solar projects totaling 19 MW on sites in Mitchell, Meriwether and Upson counties. The remaining 1 MW was built by BELECTRIC in Bryan County, Georgia.
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  • The price Georgia Power will pay for the solar capacity was developed using the company's long-term avoided energy cost plus a capacity credit based on the operational characteristics of solar energy. This credit was benchmarked to market pricing obtained under Georgia Power's 2015 RFP. For competitive reasons, the price is a trade secret.
  • As of June 2015, all of the projects are operational..

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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