Georgia Power, the University of Georgia (UGA) and the Georgia Public Service Commissioner are working together on a 1 MW solar tracking demonstration project in Athens, Ga., that is located on a 10-acre site owned by UGA.
Research will be conducted under a two-year collaboration with UGA researchers, spearheaded by the College of Engineering, to study solar forecasting and the effects of solar panel soiling versus performance. Data analysis and performance reporting will occur through a Georgia Power partnership with the Electric Power Research Institute. The new solar project will demonstrate optimal orientation and tracking technology suited for Georgia's climate and energy demand with project partners studying the performance and reliability of various fixed and tracking configurations of five separate sub-arrays.
Georgia Power owns and will operate the facility under a 20-year lease agreement with UGA. Energy produced by the facility will flow to the state's electric grid to serve customers. UGA will receive the renewable energy credits.