SOLAR ENERGY NEWS
Photovoltaic Solar Project
December 17, 2014 - Southern Company subsidiary to expand solar development in Georgia
Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power has announced plans to develop a 131-megawatt photovoltaic solar project in Georgia, which will be capable of generating enough electricity to help meet the energy needs of more than 21,000 homes. The electricity and associated renewable energy credits will be sold to three Georgia electric membership corporations.
Solar Gen 2
October 23, 2014 - Southern Company subsidiary to top 300 MW of total solar generating capacity with acquisition of new California facility
Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power has acquired the 150-megawatt (MW) Solar Gen 2 facility in California from First Solar Inc. As the largest solar facility in the Southern Power portfolio, the Solar Gen 2 acquisition is expected to increase the total Southern Power-owned solar capacity to more than 300 MW. Southern Power has previously acquired seven solar facilities with Turner Renewable Energy. The total generation capacity of the eight projects is anticipated to be more than 400 MW.
Campo Verde Solar Facility
Cimarron Solar Facility
New Mexico, with its abundant solar resources, was the ideal location to establish Southern Company’s first commercial-scale solar operation. At 30 MW, the Cimarron Solar Facility is among the nation’s largest solar PV plants. The 364-acre Cimarron Solar Facility plant site is located in Colfax County, N.M. and is adjacent to Ted Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch. Cimarron began commercial operation in early December 2010. The plant is now producing electricity for some 9,000 homes. Electricity generated by the plant will serve a 25-year power purchase agreement with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.
Cimarron Solar Facility Fact Sheet
Apex Solar Facility
The Apex Solar Facility is located under the bright Nevada sun on a 154-acre site in the city of North Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada. Acquired in June 2012, the 20-MW plant will serve a 25-year power purchase agreement with Nevada Power Company. Apex is expected to generate approximately $9.8 million in tax revenues over the life of the facility.
Apex Solar Facility Fact Sheet
Granville Solar Facility
Granville Solar Facility
Southern Company and Turner Renewable Energy acquired the Granville Solar Facility in October 2012, the fourth acquisition to result from a partnership formed to develop renewable energy resources. The Granville Solar Facility is a 2.5-megawatt solar facility located on 40 acres of private land in Granville County, North Carolina. Electricity generated by the plant will serve a power purchase agreement with Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc.
Granville Solar Facility Fact Sheet
Other Solar Projects
- Georgia Power plans to build, own and operate three separate 30-MW solar generation facilities on U.S. Army bases in Georgia.
- Georgia Power selling 700kW of solar to Dalton Utilities under power purchase agreement (PPA).
- Georgia Power procuring more than 800 MW from new solar generation in Georgia developed as part of Large Scale Solar (LSS) and Advanced Solar Initiative (ASI) programs.
- Testing at four locations for PV technologies including monocrystalline, polycrystalline and thin film for better understanding of the performance of PV panels and various power conversion technologies.
- Research and feasibility studies for Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technology.
- Twenty-six PV solar systems deployed on distribution poles to evaluate integration into grid; 1- to 5-second intervals of weather data collected and analyzed.
- The Southeastern Solar Research Center - a collaborative effort between Southern Company and its subsidiaries, the Electric Power Research Institute and Southern Research Institute - to study southeastern U.S. climatic effects, such as high levels of heat, humidity, precipitation and pollen, on the performance of PV systems in the region.
How the technology works
PV modules generate electricity directly from sunlight through an electronic process that occurs naturally in certain types of material, known as semiconductors. Solar energy frees electrons in these materials to travel through an electrical circuit, powering
devices or sending electricity to the grid.
Our solar research and development
Our research strategy is to track, evaluate and demonstrate solar technologies; better understand the solar resource and its variability in our southeastern U.S. service territory; and determine issues that come with integrating solar onto the electricity grid.