The 20 MW AC Adobe Solar Facility in Kern County, California, is interconnected. The project, developed by SunEdison, is owned by Turner Renewable Energy in partnership with Southern Power.
Solar manufacturer and provider SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE) announced today that it has interconnected the 20 MW AC Adobe Solar Facility on a 160-acre site in Kern County, California. The project, developed by SunEdison, is owned by Turner Renewable Energy and Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company.
Southern California Edison, a subsidiary of Edison International, will buy the power generated by the 80,000 SunEdison Silvantis solar PV modules under the terms of a 20-year power purchase agreement. In addition to having built the facility, SunEdison will provide asset management and 24/7 monitoring and maintenance services through its Renewable Operations Center. The project is expected to begin commercial operation in May.
Over the course of 20 years, this system is designed to produce enough electricity to power nearly 92,000 homes and offset carbon emissions equivalent to removing almost 102,000 cars from the road for one year.
Construction of the project began in the fall of 2013, and an agreement to acquire the facility was announced in November 2013. Today, Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy announced the official acquisition of the facility.
Back in January 2010, Ted Turner, owner of Turner Renewable Energy, formed a strategic alliance with Southern Company to develop renewable energy projects in the United States. The partnership has primarily focused on developing and investing in solar PV projects where solar resources are most favorable.
The Adobe Solar Facility represents the sixth solar project for the partnership. The partnership’s first solar project in California — the 139 MW Campo Verde Solar Facility — entered service in October 2013. Previous projects for Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy in partnership with SunEdison include the 20 MW AC Apex project in Nevada, the 30 MW AC Spectrum project in Nevada, and the 2.5 MW AC Granville project in North Carolina.
“We are proud to complete our fourth project with Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy; longstanding partnerships like this one are critical to SunEdison’s continued growth,” said Bob Powell, President, North America for SunEdison. “Southern Company and Turner Renewable Energy are demonstrating their commitment to extending the use of renewable energy in the United States and we are honored that they have repeatedly chosen to work with us.”
This latest acquisition fits Southern Power’s strategy of growing the wholesale business in targeted markets by acquiring generating assets and building new units, the output of which is significantly covered by long-term contracts.
“Since 2010, the Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy partnership has developed more than 220 MW of solar generation in America,” said Southern Power President and CEO Oscar Harper. “We’re pleased to once again partner with SunEdison through the acquisition of the Adobe Solar Facility — adding another 20 MW of solar resources and further strengthening our growing renewable energy portfolio.”
“Southern Company is committed to pursuing renewables to help build America’s energy future, and solar is an important component of that effort,” said Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO Thomas A. Fanning. “The acquisition of the Adobe Solar Facility — our second solar installation in California — builds on our development of the full portfolio of energy resources for the benefit of customers.”