Southern Power buys 30-MW Pawpaw project from Longview Solar

Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) subsidiary Southern Power on June 1 announced the acquisition of the Pawpaw Solar Facility – a 30-MW (ac) project – from Longview Solar LLC.

With the addition of the company’s fifth solar acquisition in Georgia, Southern Power is developing a total of 385 MW of solar generation in the state.

To be located on approximately 416 acres in Taylor County, Georgia, the Pawpaw Solar Facility is expected to consist of approximately 137,000 polycrystalline solar modules from Trina Solar, mounted on single-axis tracking tables manufactured by NEXTracker. Construction is slated to begin this month, and the facility is expected to enter commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2015. Once completed, operation and maintenance will be managed by Southern Power. DEPCOM Power will serve as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor.

“Southern Company is delivering sustainable energy solutions for the benefit of customers,” said Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO Thomas A. Fanning. “This investment increases our fuel diversity and builds on our commitment to create better lives and a better energy future for America.”

The Pawpaw Solar Facility was initially proposed by Longview Solar LLC – a joint venture of Elemental Energy Inc. and TUUSSO Energy LLC – and selected by Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power in a competitive process through the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative.

The electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) 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 RECs for the benefit of its customers or renewable energy programs.

Southern Power’s renewable energy portfolio of more than 1,200 MW of company-owned generating capacity – either already in operation or under development – was assembled through the strategic development of a total of 17 solar, wind and biomass projects across the United States. The Pawpaw facility fits Southern Power’s business strategy of growing its wholesale business through the acquisition and construction of generating assets substantially covered by long-term contracts.

With this acquisition, Southern Power and its subsidiaries will own or have the right to own 26 facilities in nine states, with more than 9,800 MW of generating capacity operating or under development in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas.

DEPCOM Power issued its own June 1 announcement, saying that it has reached an agreement to serve as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm on the Pawpaw facility. “We are excited to be partnering with Southern Power in executing utility-scale solar in Georgia,” said Jim Lamon, CEO of DEPCOM Power. “Our mission is to be the nation’s most reliable EPC provider and we are proud to be part of Southern Power’s commitment to enhance its position as a national leader in renewable energy.”

DEPCOM Power said it is a partner in utility-scale solar for: Project Development Support, Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Operations & Maintenance services for utilities, independent power producers and project development companies. DEPCOM Power leverages a highly-experienced solar team, technology agnostic top-tier solar modules, and cost-effective balance of system components to provide optimum levels of agility, price and quality for utility scale solar.

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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.