SEIA: Georgia on its way to meeting "full solar potential"


The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a roadmap from the Georgia Power Company outlining how the company intends to create one of the nation's largest voluntary solar portfolios by an investor-owned utility.

Many utilities are implementing renewables to meet government renewable energy mandates, but Georgia Power is different. There are no Renewable Portfolio Standards to meet, but the utility has a self-imposed goal to meet the targets put forth in the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI).

To meet the 210 MW target, Georgia Power will add 90 MW of generation from 2013 to 2015 through a distributed sliding scale program for residential and commercial projects. During this time, the company will also add 120 MW of utility-scale generation projects.

"Approval of the GPASI is a great first step towards Georgia meeting its full solar potential," Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association said. "We're especially encouraged that the PSC and Georgia Power chose to add more distributed generation into this plan than what was originally proposed."

Although Georgia is not listed in the Top 25 states implementing solar energy, he GPASI projects are likely to propel the state to the list in the future.

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