'''''Note: The application process for the small and medium scale solar programs began on March 1, 2013 and will continue through March 11, 2013. If completed applications exceed program capacity limit of 45 megawatts (MW), a lottery will be conducted, with Georgia Public Service Commission oversight.'''''
Georgia Power is currently offering the Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI) solar energy purchase program. The GPASI is intended to acquire 210 megawatts (MW) of solar energy by 2015. The GPASI will procure solar energy in two ways: through RFP's from solar developers, and through solar purchase offerings from small-scale facilities and medium-scale facilities. This summary is intended to describe the small-scale and medium-scale programs only.
Eligible small-scale solar facilities include systems up to 100 kilowatts (kW), and medium-scale solar facilities range from 100 kW up to 1 MW. Both the small-scale and medium-scale purchase agreement are set at $0.13 per kilowatt hour (kWh)*.
Qualifying small and medium scale solar facilities are required to be directly interconnected to Georgia Power’s distribution system. In order to participate in the GPASI program 100% of the solar energy generated is for sale and will be purchased by Georgia Power. Purchase agreements are for 20 year terms.Payments will be made monthly to participating faculties, and participating facilities will be charged metering equipment and metering service charges by Georgia Power.Medium-scale facilities must carry a minimum of one million dollars in liability insurance.
Georgia Power only purchases the energy generated from the facilities, therefore the participating facility retains ownership of all renewable energy credits (RECs) and any environmental attributes. GPASI agreements may be sold, given a minimum of 30 days written notice provided to Georgia Power.
''* An escalated pricing schedule ranging from $0.085/kWh in 2013 to $0.174/kWh in 2034 is available for medium-scale facilities.''