Georgia Power, with one of the largest voluntary renewable portfolios in the nation, now has 855 MW of solar capacity in operation, with accelerating growth year over year since 2013. The company expects to add up to 1600 MW of additional renewable capacity by 2021.
Georgia Power ranked 10th in 2015 and advanced to 5th among 412 utilities in 2016 on the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) Top 10 Utility Solar list. Solar systems installed in Georgia in 2016 as a result of Georgia Power's solar programs totaled 553 MW.
"We have focused on growing solar and other renewable generation sources in coordination with the Georgia Public Service Commission and the solar industry in a way that ensures reliability, diversifies our energy mix and helps keep our rates low for customers."
"One of the reasons we started the Utility Solar Top 10 lists back in 2007 was to highlight the key but often unrecognized role utilities were taking in putting new solar on the grid," said SEPA President and CEO Julia Hamm. "At this pivotal moment in the U.S. energy transition, the industry leaders on this year's Top 10 lists — such as Georgia Power — will continue to be critical to the growth of solar, storage and other distributed energy resources on the grid."
Georgia Power’s customer-focused programs include the recently introduced Simple Solar option for customers who want to support solar energy, but are unable or choose not to install a solar system at their home or business, as well as a rooftop solar education, consultation and installation service. Georgia Power's renewable development strategy also includes large-scale, competitive solar solicitations such as the Advanced Solar Initiative (ASI) and Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI). Millions of solar panels have been installed across Georgia as part of Georgia Power programs, including the ASI as well as five new on-base solar initiatives with the U.S. Army and Department of the Navy.
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