Georgia Power’s “Simple Solar” Offers Solar Electricity At 1¢/kWh Premium
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Georgia Power is rolling out a new voluntary solar energy program known as Simple Solar for customers who want to support solar energy development but are unable or choose not to install a solar system at their home or business. Signing up for the program at GeorgiaPower.com/SimpleSolar takes just minutes with basic customer account information. Participants agree to pay 1¢ per kilowatt-hour over and above the standard rate for electricity.
“This initiative is the latest evolution of our efforts to advance renewable energy in the state while also creating economical services and solutions for customers who want to help grow solar energy,” said Norrie McKenzie, vice president of renewable development for Georgia Power. “Solar energy continues to offer tremendous potential for powering Georgia and we are committed to helping our customers find the solar option that works best for them.”
The new solar program was designed in coordination with and approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission to encourage solar development. Simple Solar subscribers pay an additional 1-cent per kilowatt hour, which Georgia Power uses to purchase renewable energy credits (RECs) from a certified solar generation source to match and offset their energy use. The company ensures the solar credits meet environmental and consumer-protection standards and, because purchases are tied to subscriptions, customers are directly supporting the growth of solar and solar generators throughout the region.
Simple Solar has several subscription tiers available including Large Volume and Special Event purchase options. Hundreds of residential and business customers have already subscribed. Toto USA is a Georgia manufacturer known for its sustainability efforts and renewable goals. It was the first customer to match 100% of its monthly usage through the Large Volume option.
“We are pleased to increase our commitment to match 100% of our usage through Georgia Power Simple Solar,” says Bill Strang, president of operations and e-commerce for the company. “Our partnership with Georgia Power allows us to provide both a return on investment with cost effective electricity and a return on environment with sustainable solar energy.” Georgia Power expects to add up to 1,600 MW of additional renewable energy capacity by 2021.