The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) in a 5-0 vote has approved Georgia Power’s solar initiative. The Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative creates the largest voluntarily-developed solar portfolio from an investor-owned utility. Through GPASI, Georgia Power will acquire 210 MW of additional solar capacity through long term contracts over a two-year period.
To meet the target of 210 MW, Georgia Power’s Utility Scale program will purchase 60 MW annually for two years through a request for proposal (RFP) program with projects ranging in size from 1 to 20 megawatts. By as early 2013, a Distributed Scale program will provide opportunities for up to 45 megawatts per year of smaller solar projects with specific reservations for Small Scale (less than 100 kW) and Medium Scale (100-1,000 kW) projects.
RFPs for the Utility Scale program will be conducted in 2013 and 2014 and require commercial operation dates in 2015 and 2016. Georgia Power could begin signing solar contracts under the Distributed Scale program as early first quarter of 2013.