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Georgia Power adds more than 2 million solar panels

Staff Writer |
Georgia Power added more than 2 million solar panels to the state's energy landscape through its various programs last year and will continue this growth in 2017.

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Through implementation of the Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI), approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) in 2016, as well as other solar projects and programs, the company expects to add up to 1,600 MW of additional renewable energy by 2021.

The company now has 846 MW* of solar energy resources in operation, with accelerating growth year over year since 2013. Georgia Power continues to have the largest voluntary renewable portfolio in the country.

Georgia Power dedicated four new 30 MW on-base solar projects at the U.S. Army's Fort Benning, Fort Stewart and Fort Gordon, as well as the Department of the Navy's SUBASE Kings Bay.

The projects, built, owned and operated to serve Georgia Power customers, are the result of continued collaboration with the U.S. military to increase renewable energy resources while adding energy security for the bases.

The company's fifth 30 MW project is under construction at Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany.

Solar developers continued to complete small, medium and large-scale installations across the state ranging from 4 kW to more than 100 MW. Georgia Power purchases the energy from these installations under long-term contracts with customers or developers at or below its avoided cost, the amount it would cost to produce energy from other sources.

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