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US utilities aim for almost a gigawatt of new solar capacity

US utilities in Georgia, New York, and Colorado have announced plans to bring a total of 840 megawatts (MW) of solar energy online by 2016 through CLEAN programs set up by the Clean Coalition.

Georgia Power’s Advanced Solar Initiative (ASI) has been approved to expand its power from 210 MW to 735 MW.  As part of the ASI, Georgia Power – an investor-owned utility serving more than two million customers – will bring at least 190 MW of distributed solar online through a CLEAN Program.

Meanwhile, Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) also plans to expand its CLEAN Solar Initiative (CSI) from 50 MW to 150 MW, which will bring enough solar energy online to power roughly 13,000 homes.

"LIPA’s detailed assessment that distributed generation can provide at least 7 cents per kilowatt-hour of incremental value by avoiding additional costs associated with transmission-dependent generation provides an important lesson for the rest of the country,” said Craig Lewis, executive director of the Clean Coalition. 

Fort Collins Utility (FCU), the municipal utility in Fort Collins, Colorado, has also unveiled its CLEAN Program, known as the Solar Power Purchase Program.  This pilot programme will bring 5 MW of distributed solar online by 2015 and serve as a model to expand local renewable generation throughout Colorado.

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