Announcing the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative (â€œGPASIâ€)
Washington, D.C. â€“ late last Month Georgia Power filed a new solar initiative — the Georgia Power AdvancedÂ Solar Initiative (â€œGPASIâ€) — with the Georgia Public Service Commission. Through GPASI, Georgia PowerÂ would acquire 210 megawatts (MW) of new solar capacity through long-term contracts over a threeyear period. Julia Hamm, President and CEO of the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), a non-profitÂ focused on helping utilities make smart solar decisions, issued the following statement in response toÂ the proposed initiative:
Utilities across the country continue to recognize the important role solar energy should play in aÂ cleaner and more diversified energy portfolio. Georgia Powerâ€™s proposal to acquire 210 MW of newÂ solar capacity over the next three years is a testament to that fact. Further, SEPA applauds GeorgiaÂ Powerâ€™s proposal to take this action without a mandate to do so, but rather because it recognizes theÂ value additional solar energy will provide to the utility.
To meet the 210 megawatts, Georgia Power plans to acquire up to 70 MW per year over the life of theÂ program. By comparison, in 2011, nationwide only 15 utilities reported integrating more than 20 MWÂ each to their grid, and eight reported more than 50 MW each. This fact demonstrates the significance ofÂ the proposed Georgia Power program.â€
The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is an educational non-profit dedicated to helping utilitiesÂ integrate solar power into their energy portfolios for the benefit of the utility, its customers and theÂ public good. With more than 1,000 utility and solar industry members, SEPA provides unbiased utilityÂ solar market intelligence, up-to-date information about technologies and business models, and peer-topeer interaction. From hosting national events to providing utilities strategies, SEPA helps utilities makeÂ smart solar decisions.
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