Southern Power has acquired the 30-megawatt Pawpaw solar project in Georgia from Longview Solar.
Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed. The acquisition is the company’s fifth solar acquisition in Georgia, where it is developing a total of 385MW of solar capacity.
The project was initially proposed by Longview Solar – a joint venture of Elemental Energy Inc. and TUUSSO Energy. It was selected by Georgia Power, which like Southern Power is a subsidiary of Southern Co., in a competitive process through the nationally recognized Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative.
The electricity and associated renewable energy credits generated by the facility will be sold under a 30-year power purchase agreement with Georgia Power, which will have the option to keep or sell the RECs for the benefit of its customers or renewable energy programs.
To be located on approximately 416 acres in Taylor County, Georgia, the Pawpaw Solar Facility is expected to consist of approximately 137,000 polycrystalline solar modules from Trina Solar mounted on single-axis tracking tables manufactured by NEXTracker. Construction is slated to begin this month, and the facility is expected to enter commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Once completed, operation and maintenance will be managed by Southern Power. DEPCOM Power will serve as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor.