Southern Company and Turner Renewable Energy acquired the 139-megawatt (MW) Campo Verde Solar Facility in April 2013, the fifth and largest solar acquisition to result from a partnership to develop renewable energy resources with an initial focus on large-scale solar photovoltaic plants in the Southwest. The acquisition more than doubles Southern Company's solar capacity. Southern Company and Turner Renewable Energy began their partnership with the acquisition of the Cimarron Solar Facility in March 2010. They have also acquired the Adobe Solar Facility, the Apex Solar Facility, the Spectrum Solar Facility and the Granville Solar Facility.

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Campo Verde Solar Facility

November 1, 2013 - Southern Company subsidiary-Turner Renewable Energy partnership's largest solar plant, the 139-megawatt (MW) Campo Verde Solar Facility, has begun commercial operation.

Campo Verde Solar Facility

Southern Company and Turner Renewable Energy acquired the Campo Verde Solar Facility in Imperial County, California, in April 2013. Construction of the 139-MW plant began in December 2012 and commercial operation is targeted for fall 2013. The Campo Verde Solar Facility is located on a 1,443-acre site in Imperial County. Electricity generated by the plan will serve a 20-year power purchase agreement with San Diego Gas & Electric.

Campo Verde Solar Facility Fact Sheet

Spectrum Solar Facility

October 18, 2013 - Southern Company subsidiary-Turner Renewable Energy partnership’s largest tracking solar plant enters service

Spectrum Solar Facility

Commercial operation of the Spectrum Solar Facility, the largest tracking solar plant acquired by Southern Company and Turner Renewable Energy, began in 2013. Located on a 311-acre site, the 30-MW facility will have greater direct current capacity than any tracking-based installation in the United States. Tracking technology enables greater operating efficiency by optimally directing solar panels as the sun moves across the sky. Electricity generated by the plant will serve a 25-year power purchase agreement with Nevada Power Company.

Spectrum Solar Facility Fact Sheet

Cimarron Solar Facility

Cimarron Solar Facility

New Mexico, with its abundant solar resources, was the ideal location to establish Southern Company’s first commercial-scale solar operation. At 30 MW, the Cimarron Solar Facility is among the nation’s largest solar PV plants. The 364-acre Cimarron Solar Facility plant site is located in Colfax County, N.M. and is adjacent to Ted Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch. Cimarron began commercial operation in early December 2010. The plant is now producing electricity for some 9,000 homes. Electricity generated by the plant will serve a 25-year power purchase agreement with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.

Apex Solar Facility

Apex Solar Facility

The Apex Solar Facility is located under the bright Nevada sun on a 154-acre site in the city of North Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada. Acquired in June 2012, the 20-MW plant will serve a 25-year power purchase agreement with Nevada Power Company. Apex is expected to generate approximately $9.8 million in tax revenues over the life of the facility.

Granville Solar Facility

Granville Solar Facility

Granville Solar Facility

Southern Company and Turner Renewable Energy acquired the Granville Solar Facility in October 2012, the fourth acquisition to result from a partnership formed to develop renewable energy resources. The Granville Solar Facility is a 2.5-megawatt solar facility located on 40 acres of private land in Granville County, North Carolina. Electricity generated by the plant will serve a power purchase agreement with Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc.

Other Solar Projects

  • Georgia Power power purchase agreements (PPA) for solar energy (50 MW) and plans to build 1 MW of solar selfbuild projects
  • Georgia Power selling 700kW of solar to Dalton Utilities under PPA
  • Testing at 3 locations for PV technologies including monocrystalline, polycrystalline and thin film for better understanding of the performance of PV panels and various power conversion technologies
  • Research and feasibility studies for Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technology
  • 100+ PV solar systems deployed on distribution poles to evaluate integration into grid; 1- to 5-second intervals of weather data collected and analyzed
Solar Technology

How the technology works

PV modules generate electricity directly from sunlight through an electronic process that occurs naturally in certain types of material, known as semiconductors. Solar energy frees electrons in these materials to travel through an electrical circuit, powering devices or sending electricity to the grid.

Our solar research and development

Our research strategy is to track, evaluate and demonstrate solar technologies; better understand the solar resource and its variability in our southeastern U.S. service territory; and determine issues that come with integrating solar onto the electricity grid.

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