Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), surpassed 400 MW of solar energy development in the state of Georgia.
The utility acquired the 20-MW Butler Solar Farm from Strata Solar, which pushed it over the 400-MW mark. The Butler Solar Farm is expected to begin commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2015. It will use more than 263,000 First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) thin-film photovoltaic solar modules.
Construction is scheduled to begin in July, with Strata Solar to manage the engineering, procurement and construction of the project. Southern Power will provide the onsite operation and maintenance of the facility along with First Solar.
Southern Power has announced, acquired or is building more than 1,200-MW of renewable energy capacity with 18 solar, wind and biomass projects, including six in Georgia.
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