The Georgia Public Service Commission has unanimously approved a selection process for 100 MW of DG under Georgia Power’s 2015 Advanced Solar Initiative (ASI) program, establishing parameters for how projects will be chosen, the price that will be paid for generation, and guidelines for how DG projects will connect to the distribution system. The 525-MW Advanced Solar Initiative was approved by the PSC as part of Georgia Power’s 2013 Integrated Resource Plan.
DG projects will be divided into three groups. Group A, totaling 40 MW, will be allocated to projects greater than 1 MW but less than 3 MW, with 10 MW dedicated to projects 500 kW to 1 MW. Group B, totaling 40 MW, will be allocated to non-customer-sited projects greater than 100 kW and up to 500 kW, and to customer-sited projects greater than 100 kW and up to 1 MW. Group C, totaling 10 MW, will be allocated for projects less than 100 kW. The proposals in Group A will be competitively bid. Group B will not be competitively bid, but customer-sited projects will have first priority. A customer-sited project must have a peak generating capacity that does not exceed 125% of the actual annual peak demand of the customer’s premise. Any remaining MW will be allocated to non-customer sited projects using a lottery process. If the 10 MW available for Group C are not used, after 90 days, the remaining MW will be allocated to Group B (non-customer sited projects).