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Georgia Power has filed a new solar initiative - the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI) - with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC).

If approved, the initiative would create the largest voluntarily developed solar portfolio from an investor-owned utility, according to Georgia Power.

Through the GPASI, the utility would acquire 210 MW of additional solar capacity through long-term contracts over a three-year period.

"We believe the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative will encourage new opportunities for solar development in our state and catapult us to the forefront of this clean, safe energy technology," says Georgia Power President and CEO Paul Bowers.

To meet the target of 210 MW, Georgia Power's utility-scale program would purchase 60 MW annually for three years through a competitive request for proposals (RFP) program with projects ranging in size from 1 MW to 20 MW.

By as early as 2013, Georgia Power says a distributed-scale program would provide opportunities for up to 10 MW per year of smaller solar projects with specific reservations for small-scale (less than 100 kW) and medium-scale (100 kW to 1,000 kW) projects.

RFPs for the utility-scale program will be conducted in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and require commercial operation dates in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Georgia Power says it could begin signing solar contracts under the distributed-scale program as early as the first quarter of 2013.

Developed in cooperation with the PSC, the GPASI will complement Georgia Power’s existing solar resources, which include a 50 MW Large Scale Solar program already in place, the utility adds.



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