Georgia Power, an arm of America’s Southern Company, has launched a new Customer-Connected Solar Program (CCSP), a 25 MW Distributed Generation customer-sited program, aimed at growing renewable energy in the country.
On the designing of the program, the company has been working with the Georgia Public Service Commission and had received approval in May 2020 from the Commissioners.
Speaking about the program, Wilson Mallard, director of Renewable Development for Georgia Power, said that “we are excited to offer programs that help renewable energy grow and thrive in Georgia.”
Mallard added that “this program will provide a new renewable energy option for participating customers, while also benefitting all of our customers by continuing to expand our state's diverse energy generation resources.”
The company said that it will purchase 100 per cent of the solar energy generated by directly paying the customer.
Also, the Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to be retired by the company on behalf of participating customers, allowing the customer to claim the renewable benefits of the local solar energy.
Moreover, the said program will accept applications on a first-come, first-served basis until the 25 MW AC portfolio is filled, or until January 2022, whichever comes first, the company added.
However, customers can choose agreement terms between 10 and 30 years and projects can be sized from 1 kW up to 3 MW (AC). The average price ranges from 4.3-6.7 cents/kWh.
On the other hand, the company also encourages customers who are not eligible to participate in the program to consider additional renewable programs for example - Georgia Power Community Solar and Simple Solar.
Through such programs and projects, the company is targeting to maintain a diverse generation portfolio while providing all customers with renewable energy options, the company further added.
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