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May 2014 - Southern Company subsidiary, Southern Power, partnered with Turner Renewable Energy to acquire New Mexico's largest solar facility, 50-megawatt Macho Springs Solar Facility. The facility has just been completed by First Solar and is the second-largest renewable energy acquisition undertaken by the partnership. Once operational, the facility is expected to provide enough power for approximately 18,000 homes. All electricity will be sold to El Paso Electric through a 20-year power purchase agreement.

Press Release - Southern Company subsidiary and Turner Renewable Energy acquire New Mexico's largest solar facility

July 2003 - The Alabama Public Service Commission approved a new renewable energy rate rider that Alabama Power Company is now offering to its residential customers. Under the Renewable Energy Rate, customers can purchase 100-kWh blocks of power generated from renewable energy sources for an additional $6.00 a month, or a premium of 6¢/kWh above the standard rate. The initial source of the green power will be Alabama-grown switchgrass co-fired in a utility-owned coal-fired power plant. Participating customers must subscribe for a minimum of one year. Alabama Power serves 1.3 million electricity customers in southern Alabama.

Alabama Power Contact: Angela Elridge, (205) 257-1410

July 2003 - The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) approved green power tariffs to be offered by Georgia Power and Savannah Electric to their residential and business customers. Georgia Power customers will be able to purchase 100-kWh blocks of green power for an additional $5.50 per month or a premium of 5.5¢/kWh above the standard electricity rate, while the PSC approved a rate premium of 6.0¢/kWh for Savannah Electric customers.

According to Georgia Power, the composition of its Green Energy product will be landfill gas (83%), wind (16%), and solar (1%). To participate in the program, small businesses must purchase a minimum of two blocks, while large businesses must purchase at least 400 blocks each month. All participating customers will be required to subscribe for a minimum of one year.

Both utilities are subsidiaries of Southern Company. Georgia Power serves 2 million customers across the state while Savannah Electric serves 320,000 people in a five-county area. In 2001, the PSC directed both utilities to file proposals for green power programs.

News Release - Georgia Power offers Green Energy rate

News Release - PSC Approves Green Power and Green Energy Pricing Programs (PDF 39 KB) Download Acrobat Reader

News Article - Demand for power requires options

Georgia Power Contact: Jeff Petrea (404) 506-2061

February 2003 - Georgia Power, a subsidiary of the Southern Company, filed plans with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to offer its 1.9 million electricity customers a green energy option. The program would enable customers to purchase 100-kilowatt-hour (kWh) blocks of renewable energy from sources such as landfill gas, wind and solar for an extra $6 each month, or 6¢/kWh, plus tax. An average residential customer uses about 1,000 kWh per month at a cost of $75. If approved by the PSC, the utility hopes to begin signing up customers for the program this summer. The renewable energy sources are expected to be available from nine to twelve months after the program launch.

News Article - Option of 'Green Energy' Coming

Georgia Power Contact: Jeff Petrea (404) 506-2061

December 1999 - The Southern Company has announced plans to offer its customers in four southern states the opportunity to support the development of solar resources. Southern's retail utility subsidiaries, which include Gulf Power, Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Mississippi Power, and Savannah Electric have launched a joint program that will install a 1-MW photovoltaic (PV) facility in the Southeast if the companies meet a collective goal of obtaining 10,000 participants. All residential, commercial, and industrial customers served by the five subsidiaries will be eligible to participate in the voluntary program.

The Florida Public Service Commission recently approved Gulf Power's rate tariff giving Gulf's customers the option to buy 100-watt blocks of solar capacity at a monthly premium of $6.00 per block. Gulf will require a 5-year customer commitment to the program.

News Release - Public Service Commission Staff Gives Solar Thumbs Up

Southern Company Contact: Tammie Williams (205) 257-1459

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