Georgia has been a leader in the Southeast in terms of deployment of solar. And while Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power can claim some credit for voluntarily deploying solar following an initial push by Georgia regulators, the latest plan to add another 1000 MW of renewable energy – which will likely be solar – in last week’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) filing may well owe more to tech giants including Facebook.
950 MW of this 1 GW will be through the “Customer Renewable Supply Procurement” (CRSP) program, under which Georgia Power will issue competitive solicitations for renewable energy facilities at least 3 MWac in capacity, to come online in two tranches by 2022 and 2024 As past auctions have indicated, utility-scale solar will generally beat all other resources, so it’s safe to say that most or all of this will be solar.
The company is also launching a 50 MW program for distributed generation (DG) – less of a role for DG than even its previous programs. [click for full article]