Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy Partnership’s Largest Solar Plant Brought Online

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The 139MW Campo Verde Solar Facility in Imperial County, CA, begins commercial operation. The facility is the largest solar PV installation acquired by Southern Power in partnership with Turner Renewable Energy and more than doubles Southern Company’s solar capacity.

The 139MW Campo Verde Solar Facility in Imperial County, CA, has begun commercial operation. The facility is the largest solar PV installation acquired by Southern Power in partnership with Turner Renewable Energy. The solar farm more than doubles Southern Company’s solar capacity.

The project is located on nearly 1,400 acres and consists of approximately 2.3 million First Solar thin-film PV modules employing a fixed tilt design. The plant was built by First Solar, who operates and maintains it.

The facility is expected to generate enough electricity to power about 48,000 homes. Electricity generated by the Campo Verde Solar Facility will serve a 20-year power purchase agreement with San Diego Gas & Electric.

Ted Turner, owner of Turner Renewable Energy, teamed with Southern Company through a subsidiary in January 2010 to form a strategic alliance to develop renewable energy projects in the U.S. The partnership has primarily focused on acquiring solar PV projects where solar resources are most favorable. 

In April 2013, the Campo Verde Solar Facility became the fifth project jointly acquired by Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy. Including this facility, the partnership has acquired more than 220MW of solar generation in four states.

The Campo Verde Solar Facility fits Southern Power’s business strategy of growing the wholesale business in targeted markets. To do this, the company generates assets and builds new units whose output is significantly covered by long-term contracts.

“Southern Company is building for America’s energy future – and solar is an important part of our continued effort to provide clean, safe, reliable and affordable power,” said Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO Thomas A. Fanning. “Completing the Campo Verde Solar Facility helps us strategically incorporate more renewables into our diverse energy portfolio.”