Southern, Recurrent Energy light up 200-MW Garland Solar project in California

Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) subsidiary Southern Power and Recurrent Energy, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar, on Dec. 14 announced the commercial operation of the 200-MW Garland Solar Facility in California.

“We are excited to see this facility help meet the energy needs of our wholesale customers,” said Southern Power President and CEO Buzz Miller. “The Garland Solar Facility adds to our growing list of renewable achievements in 2016 and is an important piece of our solar portfolio.”

Southern Power has announced, acquired or is constructing more than 2,700 MW of renewable generation ownership with 33 solar, wind and biomass projects, including 11 solar projects in California. In all, the Southern Co. system has added or announced more than 4,000 MW of renewable energy projects since 2012.

Southern Power is the majority owner of the Garland Solar Facility. Recurrent Energy managed the development of the project and owns the remaining interest. Construction began in November 2015 on 2,000 acres of land in Kern County, California.

“The completion of the Garland Solar Facility is testament to Southern Power and Recurrent Energy’s strong partnership,” said Dr. Shawn Qu, chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar. “It has been a historic year for the Recurrent Energy team with 1.2 gigawatts of utility-scale solar projects under construction.”

The electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the facility are being sold under two long-term power purchase agreements with Southern California Edison, which will have the option to keep or sell the RECs.

The Garland facility uses approximately 723,000 Canadian Solar high performance CS6X-P photovoltaic (PV) solar modules mounted on single-axis tracking tables. The facility, which represents Recurrent Energy’s ninth completed solar project in Kern County, California, created 572 peak construction jobs. Signal Energy Constructors provided engineering, procurement and construction services.

Recurrent Energy has more than 4 GW of solar projects in development in North America. Canadian Solar is a leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic modules and provider of solar energy solutions. Canadian Solar also has a geographically diversified pipeline of utility-scale power projects in various stages of development. In the past 15 years, Canadian Solar has successfully delivered over 17 GW of premium quality modules to over 90 countries around the world.

Southern Power is a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider meeting the electricity needs of municipalities, electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities and other energy customers serving millions of end users. Southern Power and its subsidiaries own or have the rights to 43 facilities operating or under construction in 11 states with more than 12,000 MW of generating capacity in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas.

Southern Co. has 44,000 MW of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries.

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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.