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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 program designed to procure 210 MW of solar capacity. GPASI was primarily created 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 power 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 as part of the 2013 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) order. These additional megawatts of solar capacity were similarly allocated between the distributed generation and utility scale programs.
Overview of the Programs
Utility Scale RFP Program
In 2013, Georgia Power solicited bids through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process and contracted for the first 50 megawatts (MW) of utility-scale solar generation in the GPASI. These 4 projects averaged less than 8.5¢ per kilowatt hour (kWh) and were approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission in December 2013. In 2014, a second RFP sought the remaining 70 MW to complete the GPASI portfolio and 425 MW approved as part of the company’s 2013 IRP. The RFP was concluded in October 2014 and resulted in 10 projects totaling 515 MW, averaging less than 6.5¢ per kWh.
Georgia Power filed the 10 Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with the Georgia Public Service Commission, subsequently receiving approval and certification of the entire portfolio in December 2014.The RFP was conducted with oversight by the Accion Group, Inc., which served as the Independent Evaluator for the process. Although the individual PPAs have varying in-service dates, Georgia Power expects all of the selected projects to reach commercial operation by the end of 2016.
Distributed Generation Program
The Small Scale option was originally designed with residential and small commercial customers in mind with projects up to 100 kW, while the Medium Scale option was for 101 kW up to 1 MW projects. Small and Medium Scale (Distributed Generation) programs sought 45 MW of projects in 2013 and 2014, ultimately resulting in 90 MW procured at 13¢ per kWh. Additionally, participants were limited to 35 percent (20MW) of program capacity. Georgia Power expects that all projects through these programs will be brought online by the end of 2016.
On Tuesday, March 17th the Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC) approved a motion by Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald that set parameters on the ASI Distributed Generation (DG) Program for 2015 and 2016. Georgia Power filed the program on May 11th announcing a combined solicitation totaling 100 MW. The 2015/2016 ASI DG capacity will be procured through both competitive bidding and fixed pricing with the program split into three “Groups” that each have unique schedules. Information about the program can be found at Independent Monitor’s website https://gpcasidg.accionpower.com. Participants are required to register on the website and all proposals and applications must be presented through the website. Interested parties are invited to review the draft documents posted on the website, and to provide anonymous comments before Monday, June 1, 2015. All comments will be reviewed by GPC, the Staff of the Georgia Public Service Commission and the Independent Monitor (Accion Power). Please refer to the 2015/2016 ASI DG Program timeline and more information as it becomes available [here].
For more information about the original GPSC motion/order please refer to their website [here].
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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