02 Mar '13, 11am

Build It And They'll Come: Georgia Power Kicks Off 210-MW Solar Program | Renewable Energy News Article

Initial interest in the GPASI indicates there's a lot of untapped demand for utilizing Georgia's plentiful sunlight. Within 90 minutes, Georgia Power had already received 15 applications. It's a big step forward for Georgia Power and the state , and one it's doing voluntarily without an RPS or third-party PPAs. Solar has been slower to gain ground in Georgia due to low electricity rates, no RPS requirement, and blockage of power-purchase agreements due to the state's Territorial Service Act of 1973. The GPASI program represents the nationwide transition and evolution of energy mix, points out Julia Hamm, president and CEO of the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). "Utilities — regardless of whether they are big or small, owned by investors or municipalities or customers, under an RPS mandate or not — are seeing solar as a cost-effective option," she said. "This type o...

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