Southern Company, Turner Renewable Energy, Partner on 15 MW Deal with Solar Frontier

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Southern Company and Turner Renewable Energy announced today that they have acquired the Morelos del Sol Solar Facility from Solar Frontier Americas.

The project marks Southern Power’s eighth solar acquisition in California.

Southern Power currently has around 1,650 MW of renewable generating capacity in operation or development. This is comprised of 22 solar, wind, and biomass projects.

Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO Thomas A. Fanning said, “The acquisition of the Morelos del Sol Solar Facility aligns with our company’s broader commitment to best meeting customers’ energy needs. …This acquisition with longtime partner Turner Renewable Energy strengthens Southern Company’s position as a national leader in renewables.”

In 2010, Ted Turner, owner of Turner Renewable Energy, teamed with Southern Company through a subsidiary to form a strategic alliance focused on the pursuit of developing renewable energy projects in the United States.

This is Southern Company’s eighth solar project with Turner Renewable Energy. It brings the partnership’s overall solar capacity to more than 320 MW.

“The acquisition of the Morelos del Sol facility is another important step in advancing the development of solar technologies,” said Turner. “Turner Renewable Energy is pleased to continue our growing relationship as a strategic partner with Southern Company, further surpassing the milestone of 300 megawatts in solar capacity.”

Solar Frontier is working to develop 280 MW of solar in the U.S. Construction began on the Morelos del Sol project in July and is expected to come online by the end of the year.

DEPCOM Power is providing engineering, procurement and construction services and will also operate and maintain the facility for Southern Power. The electricity and associated renewable energy credits generated by the facility will be sold under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

Solar Frontier Americas currently has nine PV projects in various stages of development. Charles Pimentel, COO of Solar Frontier Americas, said, “Southern Company is a leader in renewable energy development and we are pleased a company of its stature is purchasing Solar Frontier’s project.”

Photo Credit: James Cridland/The GLA Building’s solar panels