Community Solar

Through our Community Solar program, you can now enjoy the same benefits as customers who own their own solar panels. Community Solar gives you the opportunity to support the development of solar power in Georgia by subscribing to a portion of local solar facilities. You then receive energy credits on your monthly bill based on the solar facility’s production.

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Support Renewable Energy

Georgia Power’s community solar program is locally sourced and provides our residential customers with an opportunity to support renewable energy and the development of solar power in the state.

With this program, you don’t have to worry about how much solar panels cost. It’s perfect for residential customers who are interested in solar but either do not want or are unable to host their own solar panel installation.

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This is a premium program designed to create access to solar energy and allow customers to support the further growth of solar while receiving energy benefits.

For as little as $24.99 per block per month, this program is ideal for residential customers who are interested in installing solar but are unable to install their own solar panels.

These customers include:

  • Renters
  • Condominium or townhome owners
  • Homeowners with insufficient roof space due to size or shading
  • Homeowners with restrictive HOA covenants
  • Those who cannot afford to install rooftop solar

Note: The Community Solar Program is for residential customers on the standard residential service rate only, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to limited availability, enrollment does not guarantee your participation, and acceptance into the program will be subject to verification by Georgia Power. You will be notified of program enrollment prior to your first Community Solar billing. If enrollment exceeds availability, you will automatically be added to a waiting list.

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Community Solar Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the Community Solar facilities?

Georgia Power will be constructing a total of 8 MW of new solar facilities to supply the program. Two megawatts are in service near Athens, Georgia, with additional facilities under development near Savannah and Augusta.

What does it cost to enroll in the program?

Georgia Power's Community Solar program costs $24.99 per 1 kilowatt (kW) block per month. You are eligible for one block, regardless of your monthly usage. If you would like to purchase more than one block, your individual allocation will be calculated based on your energy usage for the 12 months prior to enrollment. There is a maximum of 10 blocks per customer.

Who can participate in Community Solar?

Any residential customer on the standard residential service rate located in the Georgia Power service territory may apply to participate in the program. If you are a participating Community Solar customer and you move within the Georgia Power service territory, you can continue to participate in the Community Solar program without losing your subscription.

 

Why is there a charge per block each month?

The Community Solar program is designed to offer customers who cannot install solar at their premises an opportunity to participate in the continued development of renewable energy. The Community Solar program costs $24.99 per 1 kW block per month. This program charge helps capture the full value of benefits received by program participants.

 

The monthly charge was also designed specifically so that Georgia Power is neutral (i.e. no harm or benefit) and so that non-participating customers are not subsidizing the program for those participating in Community Solar. Georgia Power's Community Solar program pricing is competitive with other community solar programs throughout our state.

 

How much will my block produce?

The monthly production of a 1 kW subscription block is estimated to be in the range of 130 – 240 kilowatt-hours (kWh), with the average monthly production estimated to be 180 kWh. Note that solar production can vary due to the sun's angle, time of year, the number of cloudy days in the month, and other factors.

Will I save money on my bill?

You should expect that the Community Solar charge to participate in the program may exceed any bill credits received from solar production. The program is designed to allow you to support solar through your monthly subscription, and is not intended to result in energy savings.

 

By enrolling in Community Solar, you get the benefit of receiving a pro-rata share of the energy produced from the portfolio of facilities. We are unable to predict how much solar energy will be produced at any given time by the Community Solar facilities.

What will my bill look like?

Your Georgia Power bill will include a line item showing your monthly subscription fee and your pro-rata share of the facilities' solar generation (in kWh) during the month, which will offset your electric consumption based on your number of Community Solar subscription blocks. Please note that your bill will still include charges for your remaining monthly energy usage, according to your existing residential rate, including any applicable taxes, franchise fees or environmental costs.

For more information, please email us at g2gpccsolar@southernco.com.

 

How long am I committed?

You may enroll in an initial 12-month subscription, which automatically renews on a month-to-month basis unless canceled. You may cancel at any time but are required to provide 30 days' notice to Georgia Power. There are no termination fees. However, you must wait 12 months after cancellation before becoming eligible to rejoin the program.