Georgia Power, a utility with more than 2.6 million customers, has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for 1,030 MW of new renewable power generation. Applicable projects will be 3 MW or larger in size and reach commissioning dates in 2023 and 2024.

The utility has 2,700 MW of active renewable energy in its portfolio, and an additional 2,700 MW is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2024.

The request for proposal, or RFP 23-24, is the second of two utility-wide solicitations in Georgia Power’s 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The IRP has cleared Georgia Power to procure 2,000 MW of renewable energy based in the United States.

Bids for the tender will be accepted as of the first quarter of 2022. Accion Group, Inc. will serve as independent evaluator. Autonomous generation and co-located generation and storage applications will be accepted, said Georgia Power. Interested parties are encouraged to visit the Accion website for documentation related to tenders and power purchase agreements (PPAs).

Georgia ranks 9th nationally for installed solar capacity, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). SEIA reports that 3.65% of Georgia’s energy mix comes from solar power and that there is enough PV installed to power the equivalent of 374,248 homes.

Georgia ranks 9th nationally in solar energy according to SEIA. (7th in 2020.)

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Total solar investment in the state is estimated at $ 3.8 billion, SEIA said, and prices have fallen 36% in the past five years. SEIA estimates that the solar industry employs 4,466 people in the state of Georgia.

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