Southern Company and Turner Renewable Energy acquired the 139-megawatt (MW) Campo Verde Solar Facility in April 2013, the fifth and largest solar acquisition to result from a partnership to develop renewable energy resources with an initial focus on large-scale solar photovoltaic plants in the Southwest. The acquisition more than doubles Southern Company's solar capacity. Southern Company and Turner Renewable Energy began their partnership with the acquisition of the Cimarron Solar Facility in March 2010. They have also acquired the Adobe Solar Facility, the Apex Solar Facility, the Spectrum Solar Facility and the Granville Solar Facility.
SOLAR ENERGY NEWS
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.
Adobe Solar Facility
Southern Company subsidiary-Turner Renewable Energy partnership has entered into an agreement with SunEdison to acquire the 20-MW Adobe Solar Facility in Kern County, California. The partnership's sixth solar project acquisition, located on a 160-acre site, is expected to close upon the successful completion of construction, which is anticipated in spring 2014. Electricity generated by the plant will serve a 20-year power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison, a subsidiary of Edison International.
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.
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.
Other Solar Projects
- Georgia Power power purchase agreements (PPA) for solar energy (50 MW) and plans to build 1 MW of solar selfbuild projects
- Georgia Power selling 700kW of solar to Dalton Utilities under PPA
- Testing at 3 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
- 100+ PV solar systems deployed on distribution poles to evaluate integration into grid; 1- to 5-second intervals of weather data collected and analyzed
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.