Southern’s 103-MW Butler Solar project due for commercial ops in Q4 2016

Southern Power and sister company Georgia Power, both subsidiaries of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), on May 24 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an agreement for the purchase of solar energy and environmental attributes between Butler Solar LLC and Georgia Power.

The agreement is dated as of October 2014, which is before Southern Power took over this project from Community Energy Inc. The Butler PPA provides for the delivery by Butler and purchase by its (now) affiliate Georgia Power of energy from the 103-MW Butler solar farm, which is currently under construction. The applicants requested that the Butler PPA be accepted for filing as an inter-affiliate power sales agreement.

Southern Power anticipates energizing the Butler Project facilities for purposes of testing as early as August 2016 and for the project to enter commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2016.

This October 2014 agreement came out of Butler’s successful bid in Georgia Power’s 2015 and 2016 Advanced Solar Initiative Prime (ASI-Prime) request for proposals (RFP). The Georgia Public Service Commission approved the deal in December 2014. As a result of that decision, the GPSC approved and certified for retail rate recovery the Butler PPA and nine other long-term power sale agreements resulting from the ASI and ASI-Prime RFP process.

On April 13, 2015, the GPSC granted approval of the assignment of the Butler PPA to Southern Power, and, on May 20, 2015, Southern Power completed the acquisition of Butler from Community Energy.

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