Tracking system: No formally adopted tracking system
The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) finalized a framework measuring costs and benefits of renewable resources in Georgia, which paves the way for Georgia Power Company to develop future programs, incentives, and pricing structures. Midmarket customers in the Georgia Power and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) service territories may be eligible for incentives.
The Georgia Cogeneration and Distributed Generation Act of 2001 allows but does not require utilities to adopt net metering. Georgia Power, the state's investor-owned utility (IOU), does not offer a net metering tariff.
The 2001 Act allows up to 100 kW renewable energy facilities to connect to the grid. The aggregate capacity of Distributed Generation (DG) systems cannot exceed 0.2% of a utility's system peak demand from the previous year. Georgia PSC may adopt additional safety, power-quality, and interconnection requirements./p>
Third Party Ownership
Third-party solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) are allowed in Georgia. Third-party system owners are exempt from regulation as an electricity service provider if the system generates no more than 125% of the customer's maximum annual peak demand.
In 2016, the PSC approved a 3 MW community solar pilot program by Georgia Power.
State Incentive Programs
There are currently no state incentives for midscale solar in Georgia.
Utility Incentive Programs
|Georgia Power: Solar Buyback Program||$0.17/kWh||The program was full as of June 2015, but could resume if new customers subscribe to Georgia Power's Green Power Program.|
|Georgia Power: Advanced Solar Initiative||The program completed a competitive bidding process to procure solar power through contracts of up to 35 years.||The bidding process was closed as of 2016. It is unclear whether Georgia Power will offer new iterations of the Advanced Solar Initiative in the future.|
|TVA: TVA's Green Power Providers program||First 10 years: $0.02/kWh above the retail rate; an additional 10 years: retail rate||<50 kW|
|TVA: Renewable Standard Offer program||10-, 15-, or 20-year contracts at a rate that escalates 5% annually||50 kW - 20 MW|
|TVA: Solar Solutions Initiative||Additional $0.04/kWh for the first 10 years||50 kW - 1 MW
Total capacity: 20 MW
The list below provides some resources for each type of policy or program. Please reference and contact relevant authorities and local utilities for the most up-to-date and accurate information on state and utility policies and incentive programs.