Atlanta-based Georgia Power, a unit of Southern Company, is seeking proposals from local solar energy facilities to increase its solar power capacity by 100 megawatts. MATT KEMPNER / AJC

Georgia Power seeks bids to increase its solar capacity in the state

Georgia Power is embarking on plans to increase its renewable energy portfolio in the state by adding 100 megawatts of solar power to the grid.

The company is seeking proposals from solar generating facilities interested in selling between between 1 kilowatt to 3 megawatts of solar power to the company.

It’s all part of the utility company’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI).

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There are record 300 individual inquiries wanting solar power panels.

Georgia Power is looking to sign contracts with prospective facilities to provide solar power to customers at a fixed price for a period of 15 to 35 years.

REDI expands and builds upon the innovation of previous programs that “have helped make Georgia a national renewable leader,” a spokesperson for the company said via email.

Submissions for the bids are open until August 15.

Georgia Power’s director of Renewable Development, Wilson Mallard, said the company will review proposal that provide the best value to customers, with winning facilities beginning their contracts in November.

The company’s renewable energy efforts come in the backdrop of a recent U.S. Energy and Employment report showing clean energy jobs on the rise in the state.

Georgia added 4,310 jobs in solar last year, despite a nationwide drop, partly blamed on the uncertainty brought about by solar tariffs imposed on imported solar products.

“Through programs and projects developed in coordination with the Georgia PSC, Georgia Power is committed to maintaining a diverse generation portfolio while providing all customers with renewable energy options,” a company statement read.

Georgia Power aims to increase its solar energy generation from 970 megawatts of solar capacity by 1,600 megawatts by 2021.

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