Georgia Public Service Commission approves both Decatur County solar panel projects

Published 6:58 pm Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Georgia Public Service Commission unanimously approved 10 solar power purchase agreements for the Georgia Power Company Thursday, including two projects in Decatur County.
The Decatur Parkway Solar Project, LLC, an 80-megawatt solar panel project, is expected to be online by the end of 2015 or 2016.
The Decatur County Solar Project, LLC, a 20-megawatt solar panel project, expected to be online by the end of 2015.
“We’re just glad to have the last step done with the public service commission,” Bainbridge-Decatur County Industrial Development Authority Director Rick McCaskill said. “I’m excited about the project moving forward.”
The Decatur Parkway Solar Project, LLC, is part of an ASI-portfolio consisting of five other projects that total 438.67 megawatts, including Butler Solar, LLC, LS-Pawpaw, LLC, White Pine Solar, LLC, White Oak Solar, LLC and Live Oak Solar, LLC. The term for most of these PPAs is 30 years.
Other projects in the ASI include Hecate Energy Old Midville Road, LLC, Solar Glynn, LLC and Butler Solar Farm, LLC. The term for these projects is 20 years. Together, along with Decatur County Solar Project, LLC, total 76.58 megawatts.
After the completion of these projects, Georgia Power will have nearly 900 megawatts of solar energy online by the end of 2016.
“This commission continues to lead way in new solar generation, which will produce jobs and savings for consumers,” Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald said.
The commission also approved a solar energy project between Georgia Power and the U.S. Navy to initiate a 30-megawatt solar project at King’s Bay Naval Submarine Base near St. Mary’s, Georgia. This project is also scheduled to come online in 2016.
The Georgia Public Service Commission is a constitutional agency that exercises its authority and influence to ensure that consumers receive safe, reliable and reasonably priced telecommunications, electric and natural gas services from financially viable and technically competent companies. Additional information can be found on the commission web site

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