As part of Georgia Power's commitment to balance environmental requirements with growing energy needs and the economy, the company's renewable development team is hard at work implementing activities for renewable generation, including solar, wind and biomass. This team is striving to ensure that Georgia Power is at the forefront of one of the most exciting parts of the utility industry. In this process, Georgia Power is working diligently to develop solutions that provide clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy.
For more than 100 years, Georgia Power has used the natural energy of falling water to generate efficient and economical energy for Georgia. Find out more about Georgia Power's hydropower.
A great renewable energy source, hydropower provides 2 percent of Georgia Power's total generation output. Located on five rivers across the state, Georgia Power's 16 hydro-generating stations can produce almost 593 megawatts, or energy to power more than 271,000 homes. In addition to the sustainable energy these hydro-generating units provide as part of Georgia Power's balanced approach, the counties where these units are located also are strengthened from the numerous economic and financial benefits derived, including tax revenue totaling more than $2.3 million annually. Discover more about hydropower and Georgia Power's hydro plants.
To provide our customers enhanced renewable offerings, Georgia Power is helping grow another renewable-energy source - solar. By year-end 2016, Georgia Power will have more than 900 megawatts of solar capacity, up from just 11 megawatts in 2013. Georgia Power has created the largest voluntary renewable portfolio in the nation and is leading the way in supporting cost-effective solar generation for our customers.
One of these projects is the development of three 30-megawatt solar plants at military Fort Benning, Stewart and Gordon. Through this partnership with the U.S. Army, Georgia Power is strengthening one of our largest customers while enabling the Army to become more sustainable. After Georgia Power completes construction of the project in 2016, the company will own and operate the facility, which is expected to be the largest solar-generation installation on any U.S. military base.
As part of our solar energy program, including Large-Scale Solar and the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative, the company anticipates more than 500 new solar projects will be brought on line in coming years to significantly increase capacity.
In addition, Georgia Power's first wholesale solar-generation project — constructed, owned and operated by the company — expanded through installation of additional generation facilities at the Dalton solar plant. The recently completed third phase is nearly 10 times the size of the existing one at 7 megawatts.
Since 1982 when Georgia Power's first solar-energy initiative became operational, the company has made a name for itself in solar energy. Our first project was formerly recognized as the world's largest industrial application of solar co-generation at the time. In addition, the rooftop of Georgia Power's current corporate headquarters in Atlanta previously had the largest commercial application of solar collectors for space- and water- heating in the nation. Rooftop collectors once gathered heat to provide energy for internal temperature control and water heating. View more about solar energy.
Another way Georgia Power is adding sustainable generation as part of our environmental commitment to providing renewable energy for our customers is through wind energy. Georgia Power has a contract for 250 megawatts of wind energy – or enough electricity to power more than 50,000 homes – from two wind farms in southwest Oklahoma, beginning in 2016.
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