Community Solar

As a part of our company’s 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a Community Solar Program.  Currently 2 MW are online with plans for an additional 6 MW under development.  This program is designed to provide our residential customers with an opportunity to support the development of solar power in Georgia by purchasing a monthly subscription in exchange for receiving a bill credit based on the solar facilities' production.

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Support Local Solar

If you are looking for ways to support local solar, join Georgia Power’s new community solar program. Community solar is locally sourced right here in Georgia and it provides our residential customers with an opportunity to support the development of solar power in Georgia.

For as little as $24.99 per block per month, this program is ideal for our residential customers who are interested in installing solar, but are unable to host a photovoltaic (PV) system at their home, including:

  • Renters
  • Condominium or townhome owners
  • Homeowners with insufficient roof space due to size or shading
  • Homeowners with restrictive HOA covenants
  • Those who cannot afford to install rooftop solar

Note: The Community Solar Program is for residential customers on the standard residential service rate only, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to limited availability, enrollment does not guarantee your participation, and acceptance into the program will be subject to verification by Georgia Power. You will be notified of program enrollment prior to your first Community Solar billing. If pre-enrollment exceeds availability, you will automatically be added to a waiting list.

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Community Solar Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the Community Solar facilities?

Georgia Power will be constructing a total of 8 MW of new solar facilities to supply the program.  Two megawatts is in service near Athens, Georgia , with additional facilities under development near Savannah and near Augusta.

What does it cost?

Georgia Power's Community Solar Program will cost $24.99 per 1 kilowatt (kW) block per month. A total of 3,000 blocks are available for subscription. All customers are eligible for one block, regardless of their monthly usage. There is a maximum of 10 blocks per customer. If a customer desires more than one block, the number of blocks he/she can subscribe to will be calculated by dividing the customer's average monthly energy consumption over the 12 months preceding enrollment by the estimated average production of a 1 kW block subscription (approximately 180 kWh per month).

Why is there a $24.99 per 1 kW block per month charge to participate?

The Community Solar program was designed to offer customers who cannot install solar at their premises an opportunity to participate in the continued development of renewable resources. The Community Solar $24.99 per 1 kW block per month program charge was designed to capture the full value of benefits received by program participants.

 

The monthly charge was also designed specifically so that Georgia Power is neutral (i.e. no harm or benefit) and so that non-participating customers are not subsidizing the program for those participating in Community Solar. Georgia Power's Community Solar program pricing is competitive with other community solar programs throughout our state.

 

Will I save money on my bill?

A customer should anticipate the Community Solar charges to participate in the program may exceed any bill offsets received. The program is designed to allow a customer to support solar through his/her monthly subscription, and is not intended to result in energy savings. The customer gets the benefit of receiving a pro-rata share of the energy produced from the portfolio of Community Solar facilities. We are unable to predict how much solar energy will be produced at any given time by the Community Solar facilities.

Who can participate?

Any residential customer on the standard residential service rate located in the Georgia Power service territory may apply to participate in the program. If a participating Community Solar customer moves within the Georgia Power service territory, then that customer can continue to participate in the Community Solar Program without losing his/her subscription.

 

How long am I committed?

Customers may enroll in an initial 12-month subscription, which automatically renews on a month-to-month basis unless canceled by the customer. Customers may cancel at any time but are required to provide 30 days' notice to Georgia Power. There are no termination fees. However, a customer must wait 12 months after cancellation before becoming eligible to rejoin the program.

How much will my block produce?

The monthly production of a 1 kW subscription block is estimated to be in the range of 130 – 240 kilowatt-hours (kWh), with the average monthly production estimated to be 180 kWh. Note that solar production can vary due to the sun's angle, time of year, the number of cloudy days in the month, among other factors.

What will my bill look like?

Your Georgia Power bill will include a line item showing your monthly subscription fee and your pro-rata share of the Community Solar facilities' output (in kWh) during the month, which will offset your electric consumption based on your number of subscription blocks. Please note that your bill will still include charges for your remaining monthly energy usage according to your existing residential rate, including any applicable taxes, franchise fees or environmental costs.

For more information, please email us at g2gpccsolar@southernco.com.