Georgia Power will sell the output from the facility to Dalton Utilities.
The plant will be constructed on Looper Bridge Road in Dalton by United Renewable Energy and will be owned and operated by Georgia Power.
Under the terms of the deal, Georgia Power will lease property for the solar facility from Dalton Utilities, which will purchase 100 percent of the plant’s capacity and energy through a 25-year power purchase agreement.
“Dalton Utilities is excited to be part of this project,” said Don Cope, Dalton Utilities President and CEO.“This is a major initiative in expanding green energy in the State of Georgia."
Upon the completion of this project, Dalton Utilities and its corporate customers will be able to advertise the fact that we are utilizing ‘green’ energy which has become increasingly important in today’s market. This is one of several sustainable/renewable/green initiatives Dalton Utilities is in the process of developing.
Energy produced from the solar facility will be sold on the wholesale market therefore the cost of the facility will not become part of Georgia Power’s retail rate base. The first phase of the facility is expected to begin commercial operations in spring 2011.
“This contract marks the first time Georgia Power has acquired a solar energy production facility to serve the wholesale market,” said Jeff Burleson, Georgia Power’s director of Resource Policy and Planning. “Not only will it increase the amount of solar resources in the state, but it also strengthens our partnership with Dalton Utilities, a fellow co-owner of the two new nuclear units under construction at Plant Vogtle.”
With the addition of this contract, Georgia Power’s energy portfolio includes contracts with 14 qualified biomass and renewable facilities throughout the state that generate 28 MW of capacity, or enough renewable energy to power more than 11,200 homes.
Dalton Utilities is engaged in various sustainable/green energy projects including the use of treated wastewater to cool a merchant power plant, creating biodiesel from its wastewater stream, the composting of biosolids and the reuse of carpet waste to generate electricity.