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Southern Power buys more Georgia solar

<p>Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power continues to strengthen its position as a national leader in developing renewable energy resources by acquiring the 103-megawatt (MW) Butler solar energy facility in Taylor County, Georgia, from Community Energy Inc.</p>
<p>&quot;The Butler solar facility builds on Southern Company's innovative approach to diversifying our nation's energy mix,&quot; said Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning. &quot;Our strategic development of solar in Georgia continues our company's expansion of renewable energy generation in the Southeast.&quot;</p>
<p>Southern Power has acquired or is constructing more than 1,100-MW of renewable energy generating capacity at 16 solar, wind and biomass projects, including four solar projects in Georgia.</p>
<p>Located on approximately 1,070 acres, the Butler project is expected to consist of more than 1 million thin-film photovoltaic solar modules mounted on single-axis tracking tables. Construction is slated to begin in September, and the facility is expected to enter commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2016.</p>
<p>First Solar Inc. will manage the facility's construction, operations and maintenance.</p>
<p>Initially developed by Community Energy, the Butler project was selected by Georgia Power in a competitive process through the nationally recognized Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative. The electricity and associated renewable energy credits generated by the facility will be sold under a 30-year power purchase agreement with Georgia Power, which will have the option to keep or sell the credits for the benefit of customers or renewable energy programs.</p>
<p>Southern Power is also developing a previously announced solar facility in Taylor County, Georgia, and two solar projects in Decatur County, Georgia.</p>