Georgia Power Dedicates First Community Solar Facility
December 6, 2017
On 16 December, Georgia Power dedicated the first of two planned solar facilities to supply its new Community Solar program in Comer, Georgia. The two megawatt (MW) solar project, comprised of 8,200 panels and covering more than 10 acres in northeast Georgia, will deliver energy for the new program which gives subscribers a bill credit based on actual solar energy production at the facility.
"Collaboration between Georgia Power, the Georgia Public Service Commission, solar companies and communities across the state have helped continue to position Georgia as a national solar leader," said Greg Roberts, Vice President of Pricing and Planning for Georgia Power. "Community Solar is the latest addition to a variety of Georgia Power programs that give customers the flexibility to choose how they want to support the growth of solar energy in our state."
In addition to the new Comer facility dedicated today, the company plans to construct another one-MW facility to supply the program in another part of the state.
What is Community Solar?
Designed in coordination with and approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission, Community Solar is ideal for residential customers who want to support solar, but may not be able to install a photovoltaic (PV) system at their residence. This could include:
- 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
Participation in the program will cost $24.99 per 1 kilowatt (kW) block per month in exchange for a monthly credit based on a solar facility's production. Customers are limited to their estimated monthly energy usage – and a maximum of 10 1-kW blocks, with a total of 3,000 blocks available for subscription. The solar production of a 1 kW subscription block will vary due to season, number of cloudy days and other factors, but is estimated to be in the range of 130 – 240 kilowatt-hours per month.
Renewable Energy Growth in Georgia
Georgia Power's renewable development strategy includes innovative customer programs such as Simple Solar, as well as large-scale initiatives such as the Advanced Solar Initiative (ASI) and the Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI). The company continues to have the largest voluntary renewable portfolio in the country and now has approximately 900 MW* of solar capacity in operation, with accelerating growth year over year since 2013. Through continued expansion of solar at Georgia military bases, implementation of the new REDI, as well as other solar projects and programs, the company expects to add up to 1,600 MW* of additional renewable capacity by 2021.
About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).
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