Georgia Power announced plans to add more than 177 MW of solar resources to supply the company’s Commercial & Industrial Renewable Energy Development Initiative (C&I REDI). C&I REDI was developed through the company’s 2016 Integrated Resource Plan process and received final approval from the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) in 2017. The program was developed in coordination with the Georgia PSC and interested customers and was designed to further the growth of renewable energy in Georgia while also helping commercial and industrial customers meet distinct renewable energy goals.
Wilson Mallard, director of Renewable Development for Georgia Power said,
“We are excited to partner with individual customers to accomplish their renewable energy goals, while also adding value for all customers through continued diversification of our state’s energy mix. This program demonstrates our ongoing commitment to responsibly procure renewable energy resources to meet our customers’ evolving energy needs, while ensuring reliable and affordable energy for millions of Georgians every day.”
Four Georgia Power customers i.e., Google, Johnson & Johnson, Target and Walmart have subscribed to the C&I REDI Program through customer agreements for terms of at least 10 years in length. On April 3, the Georgia PSC approved Georgia Power power purchase agreements (PPAs) for the C&I REDI program with two developers building, owning and operating the solar facilities to supply the program which are NextEra Energy Resource and Origis Energy.
NextEra Energy Resources will supply power from the 120MW Dougherty County solar plant in Albany, Georgia, when it becomes operational in December 2019. Origis Energy, through its subsidiary GA Solar 3, will deliver electricity from the 57.5MW Tanglewood plant in Camilla, Georgia. Tanglewood is scheduled to come online in June 2020. All the power and associated renewable energy credits will go to Georgia Power customers participating in the C&I REDI Program.
Source: Solar Power World