Southern (NYSE:SO) subsidiary Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy have announced commercial operation of the 30-MW Spectrum Solar project in Clark County, Nev.
The partnership said that Spectrum uses tracking technology that enables greater operating efficiency by optimally directing solar panels to track the sun as it moves across the sky.
Both the Spectrum Solar Facility and the partnership’s second-largest tracking solar plant – the 20-MW Apex Solar Facility – are located in Clark County, Nev., which encompasses Las Vegas.
The 311-acre site was built and will be operated and maintained by SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE) a global provider of solar technology and services. Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy acquired the project from SunEdison in September 2012.
Electricity generated by the Spectrum Solar Facility will serve a 25-year power purchase agreement with a NV Energy (NYSE:NVE) subsidiary.
Cable television pioneer Ted Turner, owner of Turner Renewable Energy, teamed with Southern Co. through a subsidiary in January 2010 to form a strategic alliance to pursue development of renewable energy projects in the United States. The partnership has primarily focused on acquiring solar PV projects where solar resources are most favorable.
In September 2012, the Spectrum Solar Facility became the third of five projects jointly acquired by Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy. The partnership’s first project was the acquisition and development of the 30-MW Cimarron Solar Facility on land adjacent to Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch near Raton, N.M. The partnership has purchased three other projects: the Apex Solar Facility, the 2.5-MW Granville Solar Facility in Granville County, N.C., and in April, the partnership acquired its largest project, the 139-MW Campo Verde Solar Project in Imperial County, Calif.