Southern Co. unit, Turner Renewable Energy buy Calipatria Solar Facility in California

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Southern Co. unit Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy jointly bought the 20 MW Calipatria Solar Facility from Solar Frontier Americas.

The project is Southern Power's 10th solar facility in California and its 25th renewable energy facility overall.

With more than 1,800 MW of generating capacity ownership, Southern Power assembled its renewable portfolio through the strategic development of 25 solar, wind and biomass projects either in operation or under development across the United States. In all, the Southern Co. system has added or announced more than 3,800 MW of renewable energy projects since 2012.

Ted Turner, owner of Turner Renewable Energy, teamed with Southern Co. through a unit in January 2010 to form a strategic alliance to pursue the development of renewable energy projects in the United States. The partnership has primarily focused on developing and investing in large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the Southwest. The company's ninth solar acquisition with Turner Renewable Energy, the Calipatria project brings the partnership's overall solar capacity to more than 340 MW operating or under development.

"The acquisition of the Calipatria Solar Facility is an important effort to further develop clean, renewable energy through this outstanding partnership," said Turner. "We are pleased to continue growing the solar portfolio in collaboration with Southern Co."

The Calipatria Solar Facility fits Southern Power's business strategy of growing its wholesale business through the acquisition and construction of generating assets substantially covered by long-term contracts.

The project is expected to be located on about 160 acres in Imperial County and is expected to consist of about 130,000 CIS thin-film solar modules.

DEPCOM Power is providing engineering, procurement and construction services. Construction of the plant began in August 2015, and commercial operation is expected in the first quarter of 2016.

The facility has a 20-year power purchase agreement with San Diego Gas & Electric Co.

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