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Georgia Power plans to add 510MW of solar power capacity

CTBR Staff Writer Published 15 March 2018

Electric utility company Georgia Power stated that it has entered into power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 510MW of solar power capacity.

The capacity addition is part of the company’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI).

As part of the initiative, the company agreed to buy from three solar projects which will be located in Central, South and Southwest Georgia.  

Under the REDI program, First Solar’s subsidiary Twiggs County Solar has entered into a PPA with Georgia Power and will build a 200MW solar plant on a 2,000 acre-land in Twiggs County near Warner Robins. This solar project is expected to be completed next year.

The second project will be developed by Invenergy’s subsidiary Camilla Solar Energy, which has entered into a PPA with Georgia Power. This will be a 160MW solar project in Camilla, near Albany.

The third is a 150MW solar project which will be developed by NextEra Energy Resources’ subsidiary Quitman Solar and will be located in Quitman, near Valdosta.

These three projects were selected through competing bids submitted to the company under the 2017 REDI Request for Proposal process.

Georgia Power renewable development director Wilson Mallard said: "Renewable energy, including solar developments of all sizes in all parts of the state, plays an important role in the diverse generation mix we use to serve customers.

"As we continue to grow renewable resources in 2018 and beyond, we're focused on ensuring that every project that comes online helps us keep energy reliable and affordable for our customers, today and in the future."

The renewable programs approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission (Georgia PSC) through the end of 2017 are expected to enable the company to add up to 1.6GW of additional renewable energy by 2021.

Georgia Power claims to have added about 970MW of solar capacity in the state in recent years. 

Image: The solar plants are part of Georgia Power’s renewable energy development initiative (REDI). Photo: Courtesy of RK008/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.