Origis Energy, an international investment and development firm focused on deployment of utility-scale and distributed generation commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, announced the completion and dedication of two solar power plants in Georgia, representing the state’s second largest solar installations.
The two solar power sites, with a combined capacity of 23.5 megawatts (MW)DC, are located in Camilla and Woodbury, Ga. and will deliver clean solar energy to Georgia Power, the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest generators of electricity, under the utility’s Large-Scale Solar Initiative.
Key Project Facts:
O&M for Both Projects: Alectris
Commissioned in December, the solar installations use 78,160 solar photovoltaic panels to generate enough power annually for nearly 6,000 homes. The green energy production of the solar plants will reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 27,000 tons each year.
Construction financing for these Origis Energy solar power projects was provided by Seminole Financial Services with permanent financing by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In July of 2011, the Georgia Public Service Commission approved Georgia Power’s plan to buy up to 50 megawatts (MW) of solar power by 2015.
Known as the Large-Scale Solar (LSS) Initiative, it was launched with no regulatory requirement and designed to put no additional upward pressure on rates. The LSS preceded the company’s 2012 Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI) and the 2013 ASI-Prime Initiative, which, combined, will bring another 735 MW of solar energy to Georgia. Georgia Power’s cumulative programs are expected to result in nearly 800 MW of solar capacity when fully implemented, for the largest voluntary solar portfolio and one of the largest in the nation.