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.
SOLAR ENERGY NEWS
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.