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Georgia

 

An arrow graphic shows that Georgia has no renewable portfolio standard.

Carve-out: None
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.

Net Metering

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.

Interconnection

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.

Community Solar

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

Program Incentive Limitations
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

Resources

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.

Net metering and interconnection

Community solar

Programs and Incentives