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
August 1999 - As one outcome of regulatory proceedings, Gulf Power signed a formal agreement with the Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation (LEAF) to explore the development of a green pricing program which emphasizes solar photovoltaic (PV) technology. The utility agreed to design and implement a voluntary program if feasibility studies show sufficient consumer interest. Gulf Power set a goal of installing 500 kW of PV by 2004. The new program would build on Gulf's existing solar schools program, through which 10 kW of PV have already been installed at area schools.
Gulf News Release - Gulf Power Researching Solar Power Program (July 14, 1999)
News Article - Power in Light (August 16, 1999) - No longer online at sptimes.com
May 1997 - Gulf Power has implemented a schools-based solar program. A variety of solar energy technologies will be installed at public schools using utility customer contributions leveraged with utility funding. The program seeks to offset conventionally generated electricity and to increase community awareness of renewable energy technologies.
March 1997 - Gulf Power plans to implement its version of a program called Solar for Schools. This program involves installing a variety of solar energy technologies at public schools using utility customer contributions leveraged with utility funding. The program seeks not only to offset conventionally generated electricity, but also to increase community awareness of renewable energy technologies.
Gulf Power contacts: Ramona Groesbeck (904) 444-6592 and Ron Noll (904) 444-6379