Georgia Power's Simple Solar program allows all customers to support and foster the growth of solar energy by enabling Georgia Power to purchase and retire Renewable Energy Credits (REC) generated from solar energy resources. Simple Solar is available to all customers, including those with renewable energy goals, those who cannot install a rooftop system, or those who live in an area where solar power is not an option.
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Customers can elect to support the growth of solar energy by participating in Simple Solar in connection with either 50 or 100 percent of their monthly energy usage. Those who participate in Simple Solar will be billed an additional Solar REC Charge of 1¢ per kWh that is applied, according to the customer's selection, to either 50 or 100 percent of the customer's total monthly energy usage.
Simple Solar also offers Large Volume or Special Event purchase options.
Simple Solar Benefits
- Reduce your carbon footprint
- Allows you to claim usage of solar energy by pairing your energy purchase with a solar renewable energy certificates (RECs)
- Encourages current and future demand for renewable energy
- Ensures more clean energy is added to the grid
What is a Renewable Energy Certificate (REC)?
Renewable energy certificates or renewable energy credits (RECs) are the intangible certifiable environmental attributes created with each megawatt hour of energy generated by a renewable asset. For every unit of renewable electricity generated, an equivalent amount of RECs is produced. Georgia Power's Simple Solar program purchases Green-e certified renewable energy credits (RECs) that meet specific environmental and consumer-protection standards. With your purchase of Simple Solar, you are helping increase the demand for renewable energy and encouraging the development of new renewable energy projects.
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Simple Solar Frequently Asked Questions
What is solar energy?
Solar energy is power that is harnessed from the sun. The solar energy Georgia Power uses for the Simple Solar program is generated through photovoltaic (PV) systems that use semiconductor cells, or modules, that convert sunlight directly into electricity. The PV cells are connected in the form of flat panels and arrays of panels that can be mounted on the ground or on rooftops. The energy generated through the use of PV technology produces zero emissions.
Solar energy is electricity produced in an environmentally friendly manner. The use of solar can reduce environmental impacts from electricity generation. This makes solar electricity technology among the cleanest while having the least impact on the environment.
How much does the Simple Solar program cost?
Per the customer's election of 50 percent or 100 percent, the additional charge of 1¢ per kWh per month will be charged for either 50 percent or 100 percent of the customer's monthly usage. The purchase of Simple Solar is in addition to the normal monthly bill. Charges for Simple Solar will be calculated based on the percentage election (50 percent or 100 percent) purchased by the customer each month. Example: For a customer who uses 1,000 kWh in the billing month (found on the customer's Online Customer Care Portal or the monthly bill) 100 percent Simple Solar would cost $10.00 (plus MFF* and tax) per month in addition to the normal monthly bill. The Simple Solar charge will fluctuate each month dependent on kWh usage amount. The contract period is one month. After the initial month, customers are automatically re-enrolled unless Georgia Power receives notification of their wish to withdraw from the program. A large-volume purchase option is also available to those customers who desire to purchase at least 50,000 kWh per month. After a customer purchases at least 50,000 kWh per month, he/she may purchase additional kWhs at a reduced price, per the tariff.
What makes up the 1¢ per kWh additional price?
The Simple Solar 1¢ per kWh purchase price includes the solar Renewable Energy Credit ("REC") cost, plus program marketing and administration expenses including customer education, program promotion, REC tracking and certification. For more information about the costs associated with the Simple Solar program for residential or commercial and industrial customers, please email Simple Solar Sales.
How do I know the energy is from a renewable source?
Georgia Power's Simple Solar program uses energy from renewable generation that meets the criteria approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission. Additionally, Georgia Power's Simple Solar program purchases certified renewable energy credits (RECs) that meet specific environmental and consumer-protection standards.
Who can participate and how do I sign up?
Any Georgia Power residential, commercial or industrial customer may sign up for Simple Solar by completing our simple online form. However, customers on the PrePay rate should remember that the Simple Solar fee will also be deducted from funds remaining in their account balance each month. If there are insufficient funds in the account at the time the Simple Solar charge is applied, that will result in a negative account balance and may result in a disconnection of service.
Is my purchase of Simple Solar tax-deductible?
No. Purchases through Georgia Power's Simple Solar program are not charitable contributions and therefore are not tax-deductible.
Do the solar RECs come directly to my house?
Due to the way electricity is transmitted and distributed, energy purchased or produced from renewable energy resources may not be specifically delivered to you. However, the solar Renewable Energy Credit (REC) you purchase, plus the energy purchased with it from Georgia Power, allows you to claim usage of solar energy. Your participation in the Simple Solar program will help stimulate and support the production of solar energy in Georgia.