By Editors of Power Engineering
Georgia Power announced plans to add at least 177 MW of new solar resources as part of the utility’s Commercial & Industrial Renewable Energy Development Initiative, which is designed to encourage the growth of renewable energy while also helping commercial and industrial customers meet their own renewable energy goals.
The program already has four participants, including Google, Johnson & Johnson, Target and Walmart. The companies have agreed to 10-year terms that will net them hourly and renewable energy credits credits matching the actual production from C&I REDI facilities.
“We are excited to partner with individual customers to accomplish their renewable energy goals, while also adding value for all customers through continued diversification of our state’s energy mix,” said Wilson Mallard, director of Renewable Development for Georgia Power. “This program demonstrates our ongoing commitment to responsibly procure renewable energy resources to meet our customers’ evolving energy needs, while ensuring reliable and affordable energy for millions of Georgians every day.”
On April 3, the Georgia PSC approved Georgia Power power purchase agreements for the C&I REDI program with two developers building, owning and operating the solar facilities to supply the program. The first PPA is with NextEra Energy Resources through its subsidiary Dougherty County Solar, LLC for the 120 MW Dougherty County Solar Facility, located in Albany, Georgia, which is scheduled to begin operation by December 31, 2019. The second PPA is with Origis Energy through its subsidiary GA Solar 3, LLC for the 57.5 MW Tanglewood Solar facility, located in Camilla, Georgia, scheduled to begin operation by June 30, 2020.
Both PPAs have 30-year terms and will provide energy and capacity benefits to Georgia Power. Georgia Power will provide all the associated RECs to the customers participating in the C&I REDI Program, which will be retired on their behalf for the duration of the terms of their customer agreements.
Georgia Power currently operates 970 MW of solar capacity and hopes to add up to 1,600 MW of additional capacity by 2021.