Atlanta, June 30, 2012 — Georgia Power and Atlanta-based Solar Design & Development (SD&D) have collaborated to develop and install around the state a series of solar projects totaling 19 MW
The project is Georgia Power‘s first retail utility-scale solar power development. The 19 MW of solar capacity, part of Georgia Power’s 50 MW large-scale solar initiative approved last year by the Georgia Public Service Commission, will be added to the company’s renewable energy portfolio. Georgia Power has contracted to purchase the output for the next 20 years.
In addition, Georgia Power awarded SD&D a 1 MW contract under the company’s solar request for proposals issued in May 2011. Solar resources from this RFP will supply Georgia Power’s subscriber-based Green Energy program, bringing the total capacity in the program to 5.4 MW. The 1 MW plant on 10 acres in Upson County, Ga., recently became operational and is now providing enough power to supply the electrical needs of about 300 homes.
Upcoming phases, which break ground soon, include projects on 33 acres in Meriwether County and 150 acres in Mitchell County. In addition to providing renewable energy to Georgia, the $60 million worth of projects bring up to $20 million in federal funding to the state.
In this first phase, SD&D relied on service providers, equipment manufacturers and solar installation contractors that are either based in Georgia, or have a strong Georgia presence. These include Reznick Group; Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP; Shoals Technologies Group; Radiance Solar and Cantsink Manufacturing.
Origis Energy has long-term ownership of the developments together with SD&D. Origis develops, finances and operates utility-scale solar plants across Europe and the U.S. The SD&D facilities are among the first of what Origis hopes will be a large portfolio of photovoltaic (PV) plants in the U.S.
Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Co., one of the nation’s largest generators of electricity. The company is an investor-owned, tax-paying utility with rates below the national average. Georgia Power serves 2.4 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties.