Georgia Power, the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, is committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average. The company maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, advanced coal and natural gas, renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind, as well as a variety of energy efficiency programs.
Identifying better ways to generate electricity, minimize environmental impact and deliver the most energy value for customers drives Georgia Power. The company is constantly challenging itself to preserve Georgia’s natural resources and meet the need for reliable and affordable power for customers when and where they need it.
Georgia Power’s renewable development team is working quickly to expand renewable generation, including solar, wind and biomass. With only 11 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity under contract to customers in 2013, Georgia Power programs resulted in some 200 MW one year later. The company expects to have more than 900 megawatts by the end of 2016. Georgia Power, working with the Georgia Public Service Commission and the solar industry, has created the largest voluntary renewable portfolio in the nation. The company is leading the way in supporting cost-effective solar generation for its customers.
As part of its solar energy program, including Large-Scale Solar and the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative, the company anticipates more than 500 new solar projects will be brought online in coming years to significantly increase capacity.
In addition, Georgia Power’s first wholesale solar generation project – constructed, owned and operated by the company – is expanding through installation of additional generation facilities at the Dalton solar plant. Upon completion of the expansion, the project is expected to be nearly 10 times the size of the existing one.
Another way that Georgia Power is adding sustainable generation is through wind energy. Georgia Power has a contract for 250 MW of wind energy – or enough electricity to power more than 50,000 homes – from two wind farms in southwest Oklahoma beginning in 2016.
Georgia Power is also excited about what the growing electric vehicle market offers our customers. As electric vehicle (EV) technology continues to advance, the cars are becoming more practical and reliable, as well as more affordable.
An estimated five to 10 percent of new cars on the road in Georgia in the next 10 years will be fueled in whole, or in part, by electricity. Georgia is already an EV-friendly state; the Atlanta market ranks second for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles nationwide.