Atlanta-based utility Georgia Power has introduced Georgia Power Simple Solar, a new voluntary program meant to allow its customers to support solar energy even if they are unable to, or choose not to, install a solar system at their homes or businesses.
“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,” states 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/kWh, 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 says it 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 offers multiple subscription tiers for customers, including Large Volume and Special Event purchase options. The utility says hundreds of residential and business customers have already subscribed to the program, with TOTO USA, a Georgia manufacturer known for its sustainability efforts and renewable goals, being 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 percent of our usage through Georgia Power Simple Solar,” comments Bill Strang, president of operations and eCommerce for TOTO USA. “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.”
More information about the program is available here.