Southern Power buys control of 102-MW Henrietta Solar project in California

Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) subsidiary Southern Power and SunPower Corp. on July 6 announced that Southern Power has acquired a controlling interest in the 102-MW Henrietta Solar Project in Kings County, California, from SunPower, which will own the remaining interest in the project.

“The acquisition of the Henrietta Solar Project underscores Southern Power’s leadership in developing renewable energy,” said Southern Power President and CEO Buzz Miller. “Through strategic partnerships, including with SunPower, we continue to accelerate our solar generation growth in California.”

The Henrietta Solar Project represents Southern Power’s first joint venture with SunPower, which developed, designed and is constructing the facility and will operate and maintain it upon completion. Construction began in May 2015, and the project is expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2016. Existing Southern Power customer Pacific Gas and Electric will purchase the electricity and associated renewable energy credits generated by the facility under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

Said SunPower CEO Tom Werner: “We are proud to partner with Southern Power to deliver long-term value for the utility, its customer, and the California homes and businesses that will benefit from the emission-free power generated by the Henrietta Solar Project.”

SunPower is constructing a SunPower Oasis Power Plant system at the approximately 670-acre Henrietta site. Oasis is a fully-integrated, modular solar power block that is engineered to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy utility-scale solar projects while optimizing land use.

The Henrietta Solar Project 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 more than 2,100 MW of renewable generating capacity ownership, Southern Power assembled its renewable portfolio through the strategic acquisition or development of 28 solar, wind and biomass projects that are either in operation or under construction across the United States. The Henrietta Solar Project marks Southern Power’s 11th solar project in California and is the company’s first acquisition in Kings County.

SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWR) provides a diverse group of customers with complete solar solutions and services. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SunPower has dedicated, customer-focused employees in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America.

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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.