Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) subsidiary Southern Power on Jan. 9 announced the acquisition of the 276-MW Bethel Wind Energy Center in Texas from Invenergy Services LLC.
“Bethel Wind is an important piece of our renewable portfolio as we expand our wind generating capacity in 2017,” said Southern Power President and CEO Buzz Miller.
With the addition of the Bethel Wind Energy Center, Southern Power owns more than 3,200 MW of renewable generation across 36 solar, wind and biomass facilities either announced, acquired or under construction. In total, the Southern Co. system has added or announced more than 6,500 MW of renewable generation since 2012.
Blattner Energy Inc. constructed the Bethel Wind Energy Center, and Invenergy Services will operate and maintain the facility upon completion. Located in Castro County, the wind farm utilizes 120 turbines manufactured by General Electric Renewable Energy. Construction activities began in January 2016 and final commissioning of the turbines is expected to be completed in January 2017.
The majority of the electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the facility will be sold under a long-term agreement with Google Energy. Southern Power, through its subsidiaries, will retain the remainder of the electricity and associated RECs, which it may keep or sell.
Southern Power and its subsidiaries own or have the rights to 46 facilities operating or under construction in 11 states with more than 12,600 MW of generating capacity in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas.
Parent Southern Co. has 44,000 megawatts 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.