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Georgia Power Upgrading Horse Park Lights to LEDs (Ind. Report)
Georgia Power
Date: 2020-12-18
Georgia Power reports it has contracted to upgrade outdoor lighting to energy efficient LED units at the International Horse Park Center in Conyers, in 20121.

Georgia Power also completed an energy audit report and secured more than $30,000 in commercial rebates for the Horse Park through the company's energy efficiency rebate program.

In 2020, Georgia Power's lighting team installed energy efficient lighting fixtures at over 20 high schools and colleges including Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton and Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland. (Source: Georgia Power, PR, 16 Dec., 2020) Contact: Georgia Power, www.georgiapower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  


Georgia Power's Smart Neighborhood Initiative Lauded (Ind. Report)
Georgia Power
Date: 2020-07-29
Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power reports its Smart Neighborhood Initiative -- a real-world R&D project -- has been recognized by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) as part of its annual awards that celebrate innovation and collaboration of utilities, industry players and individuals shaping the future of energy. The initiative was included in Southern Company's designation as a 2020 SEPA Utility Business Models Power Player of the Year.

Georgia's first-of-a-kind Smart Neighborhood, located in Atlanta, includes 46 technology-enhanced townhomes equipped with battery backed rooftop solar arrays, optimal insulation for maximum efficiency, advanced heating and cooling systems, LED lighting, home automation, including smart thermostats, smart locks and voice control.

The Smart Neighborhood is a real-world research and development (R&D) project, including a supporting partnership with the Southern Company Energy Innovation Center. The company collaborated with U.S. DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on the initiatives. The information and data collected from the distributed energy resources will provide researchers valuable operational experience as the company continues to evaluate microgrids along with residential battery storage and rooftop solar. Information from the HVAC systems, heat pump water heaters and other technologies will help inform new programs and services for customers.

Georgia Power also offers a full suite of smart-home options, which includes easy access to products and services to help make customers' homes more energy efficient and connected. The company brings together popular products in the Smart Neighborhood, including the latest in smart thermostats and smart home products such as smart filters, lighting, door locks, light switches, vents, smoke alarms and doorbells, to a single online portal.

Download Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood Initiative HERE. (Source: Georgia Power, PR, 28 July, 2020) Contact: SEPA, www.sepapower.org; Georgia Power, www.georgiapower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


Duke, SolAmerica Commission Nine Georgia Solar Plants (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy,SolAmerica
Date: 2019-08-28
Duke Energy Renewables is reporting commissioning of 9 Georgia solar power plants totaling 14.1 MW under a partnership with Atlanta-based SolAmerica Energy. The nine projects, which range from 960 kW and 2.3 MW, were developed under an engineering, production and procurement (EPC) agreement between REC Solar, a unit of Duke Energy Renewables, and SolAmerica. The complex's 54,590 photovoltaic (PV) panels will generate electricity and renewable attributes that will be sold under a 35-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Georgia Power, as part of the latter's Renewable Energy Development Initiative. (Source: Duke Energy, Renewables, 26 Aug., 2019) Contact: Solamerica Energy, 404-351-8175, www.solamericaenergy.com; Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy Renewables,  Solar,  


Georgia Power Launches Atlanta "Smart Neighbourhood" (Ind. Report)
Georgia Power,Pulte Group
Date: 2019-08-07
The utility Georgia Power is touting the launch of a new "Smart Neighbourhood" in Atlanta.

Each of the new community's 46 townhouses is equipped with solar panels, batteries and energy efficiency components such as heat pump water heaters (HPWH) connected to a neighborhood microgrid. The microgrid-linked townhouse resources will be managed and optimized with a "grid-interactive control system" developed by the US DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory, supported by the national Buildings Technology Office.

The "Smart Home" technology in each of the town houses was developed by Atlanta-based home builder Pulte Group Inc. in partnership with with Georgia Power. Thermostats, security systems, appliances and other features can be controlled via the Pulte controls suite and through phone app and voice activation. According to Pulte, the energy optimization platform can schedule the use of appliances in coordination with the solar and battery and thus lower energy costs. (Source: US DOE, Pulte Group, Energy Storage, 6 Aug., 2019)Contact: Pulte Group Inc., www.pultegroupinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Energy Efficiency,  Smart Energy,  Smart Neighborhood,  


Georgia Power IRP Includes Increased Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Georgia Power
Date: 2019-07-22
Georgia power is reporting its 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has been approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission.

The IRP includes 80 megawatts of energy storage and 72 percent more renewable generation by 2024, all supported by batteries. The plan also adds 2,260 MW of new solar, wind and biomass energy to the company's energy mix. The plan also includes energy efficiency targets 15 pct higher than previous IRPs while adding new energy-saving initiatives for residential and commercial customers. Further, through an income-qualified initiative, the program will provide greater financial assistance to households which are historically underrepresented in energy efficiency programs. (Source: Georgia Power, Com. Property Exec., July, 2019)Contact: Georgia Power, Wilson Mallard, Renewable Energy Development Dir., (404) 506-6526, www.georgiapower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Eficiency,  


Georgia Power Plan Boosts Renewables, Energy Storage (Ind Report)
Georgia Power
Date: 2019-07-19
Kallanish Energy reports Georgia state regulators have approved Georgia Power's plan to expand renewable energy generation and develop up to 80 MW of energy storage, while closing 5 coal-fired units at 2 power plants. Georgia Power will also invest in five hydropower projects and retire three other hydro dams under the 20-year plan. The plan calls for 2,260 MW of new capacity from wind, solar and biomass, increasing those resources to 22 pct of its overall generation capacity, increasing to 5,380 MW -- 72 pct -- by 2024.

Southern Company-owned Georgia Power notes that 25 pct of its power production is presently coal fired down from 52 pct in 2005. Natural gas produces 45 pct of power, up from 27 pct in 2005. (Source: Georgia Power, Kallanish, 18 July, 2019) Contact: Georgia Power, Allen Reaves, VP, Senior Production Officer, Wilson Mallard, Renewable Energy Development Dir., (404) 506-6526, www.georgiapower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Renewable Energy,  


Nexamp, Radiance Complete Georgia Solar Projects (Ind. Report)
Nexamp, Radiance
Date: 2019-05-20
Under the Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI), Georgia Power is adding more solar power to the grid with new commercial and industrial solar installations.

Two of these new installations, owned and operated by Nexamp Inc. and developed jointly with Radiance Development LLC, are now in operation. The projects, located in Bainbridge and Leesburg, are generating more than 2 MWs of power feeding into the Georgia Power utility grid under the terms of PPAs.

The 7.5 acre site in Bainbridge site includes more than 3,400 panels and generates over 1.2 MWs of power. The site in Leesburg generates over 1.1 MWs of power from its roughly 4.2-acre plot that includes more than 3,100 panels. Both sites came fully online in the past few weeks.

Nexamp worked closely with Radiance Development LLC on the projects. Radiance led the local development permitting and property leasing while Nexamp handled the construction and will provide all ongoing operations and maintenance support. (Source: Nexamp. RP. 19 May, 2019) Contact: Nexamp Inc., Zaid Ashai, CEO, Keith Hevenor, (617) 431-1440, www.nexamp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Nexamp,  Radiance Solar,  


Timber Ind. Seeks GA PSC Woody Biomass Commitment (Ind. Report)
Georgia Public Service Commission
Date: 2019-04-24
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting the Georgia Forestry Association and other forest industry representatives are lobbying the Georgia Public Service Commission (GA PSC) to have its forest biomass byproducts -- tree trimmings, wastes, scraps and storm damaged timber -- converted into fuel to help power the state and to ensure woody biomass is more broadly used by the state's largest utility, Georgia Power.

Georgia Power's recently updated long-range energy plans call for more renewable energy, but do not specify biomass, the newspaper reported. Georgia Power has put the majority of its recent spending on energy generation into the nuclear expansion of Plant Vogtle, south of Augusta. The company has also pumped up spending on solar power throughout Georgia.

Between 1983 and 2008, Georgians replanted over 8.9 million acres in trees -- that's 975 acres a day, or 609,375 trees per day. An estimated 80,000 acres of forest land are naturally regenerated each year in Georgia. The industry's overall economic impact on the state was $35.9 billion in 2017. (Source: Georgia Public Service Commission, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April, 2019) Contact: Georgia Public Service Commission, (4040 656-4501, www.psc.state.ga.us; Georgia Forestry Association, Andres Villegas, CEO, (478) 992-8110, gfagrow.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Forest Waste Biomass,  


Shuttered Georgia Coal Plant to Host Solar Demo (Ind. Report)
Georgia Public Service Commission
Date: 2019-02-13
In keeping with its 2016 Integrated Resource Plan, Georgia Power is reporting plans to decertify its coal-fired Plant Hammond before the year end, subject to Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) approval. In the meantime, the utility is planning to develop a demonstration of solar power demo of up to 10 MW on closed coal ash ponds at Plant Hammond.

The PSC previously approved the solar project to evaluate different solar technologies and to give the utility a hands-on detailed understanding of the requirements to permit and build commercial-scale solar generation facilities over closed solid waste sites, remediated sites and undeveloped plant properties. (Source: Georgia Power, Rome News-Tribune, IEEFA, Feb., 2019) Contact: Georgia Public Service Commission, www.psc.state.ga.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Solar,  


URE Completes Ga. Power Community Solar Expansion (Ind. Report)
Georgia Power
Date: 2018-09-14
Alpharetta, Georgia-headquartered United Renewable Energy™ (URE) is reporting completion of a 2-MW AC solar facility as the first installment of Georgia Power's Community Solar program. The project is owned by Georgia Power and was developed, designed and constructed by URE. The associated renewable energy credits (RECs) are retired on behalf of Georgia Power's Community Solar Program participants.

URE is an engineering, procurement, and construction firm developing utility-scale PV farms and energy storage systems. (Source: United Renewable Energy, PR 13 Sept., 2018) Contact: United Renewable Energy, William Silva, CEO, Jakky Shanahan, 678.881.0014 x708, jakky@u-renew.com, www.u-renew.com; Georgia Power, www.GeorgiaPower.com/CommunitySolar

More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Community Solar,  Solar,  


Georgia Power Seeking Major Increase in Solar Capacity (Ind. Report)
Georgia Power
Date: 2018-08-10
In Atlanta, Georgia Power reports is is seeking to increase its renewable energy portfolio in the state by adding 100 MW of solar power. To that end, the utility is calling for proposals from solar facilities interested in selling solar power to Georgia Power customers at a fixed price for a period of five to 35 years.

The company seeking proposals that provide the best value to customers, with winning facilities beginning their contracts in November. The plans are part of the company's Renewable Energy Development Initiative which aims to increase its solar energy generation from 970 mw of solar capacity by 1,600 mw by 2021. (Source: Georgia Power, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, AP, 5 Aug., 2018) Contact: Georgia Power, Wilson Mallard, Renewable Energy Development Dir., (404) 506-6526, www.georgiapower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Solar,  

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