Southern, Turner acquire 20-MW California solar project

Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) subsidiary Southern Power announced Nov. 5 an agreement to acquire the company’s second solar photovoltaic (PV) installation in California – the 20-MW Adobe Solar Facility – in partnership with Turner Renewable Energy.

The Southern Power-Turner Renewable Energy partnership’s sixth solar project acquisition is expected to close upon the successful completion of construction, which is expected in spring 2014.

“Southern Company continues to be a leader in the development of renewable generation,” said Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO Thomas  Fanning. “The Adobe Solar Facility reflects our ongoing commitment to develop the full portfolio of energy resources – an effort that has amounted to more than 1,700 megawatts of additional renewable energy resources since January 2012.”

The Adobe Solar Facility will be built, operated and maintained by SunEdison, a leading global solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar technology and solar energy services. Construction of the project began this fall. The Adobe Solar Facility will be located on a 160-acre site in Kern County, Calif.

Ted Turner, owner of Turner Renewable Energy, teamed with Southern 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 developing and investing in solar PV projects where solar resources are most favorable.

“We are pleased to enter our fourth partnership with Southern Company and Turner Renewable Energy, and are delighted they share our commitment to solar energy,” said SunEdison President and CEO Ahmad Chatila. “The Adobe Solar Facility is another example of how SunEdison’s innovation continues to make solar an economically attractive energy solution.”

Electricity generated by the plant will serve a 20-year power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison, a subsidiary of Edison International (NYSE: EIX).

The acquisition fits Southern Power’s business strategy of growing the wholesale business in targeted markets through acquiring generating assets and building new units, the output of which is significantly covered by long-term contracts. Southern Power and its subsidiaries own and operate 15 facilities in eight states, with more than 8,700 MW of generating capacity operating or under construction in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina and Texas.

SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE) is a global leader in semiconductor and solar technology. SunEdison’s semiconductor business has been a pioneer in the design and development of silicon wafer technologies for over 50 years.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.