Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, has received an approval from the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) for a new tariff that will nearly double the amount of solar energy the company purchases to supply under its Green Energy Program.

The solar purchase tariff will allow the company to purchase an additional 1.5MW of solar capacity from customers at 17 cents per kWh for generating facilities designed to produce less than 100kW.

The company said that it will also issue a request for proposals (RFP) for an additional 1MW of solar capacity with no project size restriction.

Georgia Power will consider solar proposals in this RFP with a price of 15 cents per kWh or less and will use this solar energy to supply the Premium Green Energy product.

Customers can purchase 100kWh blocks of Premium Green Energy with a 50% solar component for $5 per block or Standard Green Energy, generated from biomass sources, for $3.5 per block.