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Approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission in November 2012, the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI) is an innovative solar energy purchase program that will contract for 210 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity by the end of 2014. GPASI was primarily designed with the goal in mind to spur economic growth within the solar community in Georgia while offering pricing that encourages more renewable development and avoids any upward rate pressure and reliability impacts to Georgia Power customers. With this goal in mind, Georgia Power designed two programs to continue to develop solar in Georgia: 1) offer existing Georgia Power customers additional options to sell distributed solar generation back to Georgia Power through small and medium scale solar purchase programs; and 2) offer solar developers the opportunity to bring large photovoltaic (PV) solar arrays to market through a competitive a utility-scale RFP. In July 2013, the Public Service Commission approved an additional 525 MW of solar capacity. 425 MW will be procured through the Utility Scale program and 100 MW will be procured through the Distributed Generation Program.
Overview of the Programs
Distributed Generation Program – Small and Medium Scale GPASI programsThe Small and Medium Scale programs will seek 45 MW of projects in 2013 and 2014, with a target allocation of 11 MW and 34 MW respectively in each program. The Small Scale option, designed with residential and small commercial customers in mind, is for projects up to 100 kW. The Medium Scale option is for 101 kW up to 1 MW. Additionally, participants are limited to 35% (20MW) of program capacity in 2014. Applications for the 2014 Small and Medium Scale programs will be accepted beginning March 26, 2014. Georgia Power expects that all projects will be brought online through these programs by the end of 2014. For more information, please visit our GPASI Small and Medium Scale webpage.
Utility Scale RFP Program
Georgia Power is soliciting proposals through a combined Requests for Proposals (RFP) process to fulfill nearly 500 megawatts (MW) of utility-scale solar generation. The RFP includes 70 MW to complete the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI) portfolio and 425 MW approved as part of the company’s 2013 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The RFP will be conducted with oversight by the Accion Group, Inc., which is serving as the Independent Evaluator for the process.
The Standards of Conduct for the RFP restrict communications regarding the RFP between interested parties and Georgia Power Company. Therefore, any inquiries should be submitted through the Q&A page on the Independent Evaluator’s website (gpasi.accionpower.com). Interested bidders can find out more information, view presentation materials, and submit proposals through this website. The expected timeline for the Advanced Solar Initiative and ASI-Prime RFP is as follows:
- Draft RFP Documents Issued via Website – Dec. 19, 2013
- Comment Period Opens Regarding Draft RFP Documents-Dec. 19, 2013
- RFP Bidders conference – Jan. 13, 2014
- Comments received/due – Mar. 25, 2014
- Revised RFP and PPAs shared via website - March 13, 2014
- Final Comments Regarding RFP Documents Due to Company - March 25, 2014
- Final RFP and PPA Documents Filed – April 2, 2014
- RFP Released via Website - April 2, 2014
- Self-Build Proposals due to IE - April 29, 2014
- Bids and Bidders’ Fee Due - April 30, 2014
- Complete Grid Improvement Evaluations of Competitive Tier Sites - August 8, 2014
- Bid Evaluations reviewed with Staff and IE - August 12, 2014
- Short list, Reserve List and Release List Determination - August 14, 2014
- Negotiate and Finalize PPAs - October 3, 2014
- Release of Reserve List Bidders - October 10, 2014
- File Executed PPAs with the Georgia Public Service Commission - October 10, 2014
- Expected Certification Order by GPSC - December 16, 2014
- Required Commercial Operation Date for Resources - 2015 - December 31, 2015
- Required Commercial Operation Date for Resources - 2016 - December 31, 2016
*The RFP schedule has been delayed in order to allow Georgia Power, the Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC), and Independent Evaluator the opportunity to consider comments and feedback from the market. The GPSC is currently scheduled to vote on the RFP documents and schedule on April 1, 2014.
The Lottery Winners for small- and medium-scale solar installations have been selected.
Small and Medium Scale Application Information
GPASI Utility Scale Offering
For more information on the utility scale RFP and associated timeline, please visit the Independent Monitor's website.
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