Southern Company Purchases 100-MW Boulder I Solar Facility


By Editors of Power Engineering

Southern Company announced its subsidiary Southern Power has acquired a controlling interest in the 100-MW Boulder Solar I Facility in Nevada.

SunPower, which developed, designed and constructed the facility and will operate and maintain it, will retain the remaining interest. A purchase price was not disclosed.

The final phases of construction are taking place 20 miles southeast of Las Vegas, with commercial operations slated to begin next month. NV Energy has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Boulder I.

Southern Power now co-owns two additional solar facilities in the state – the 20-MW Apex Solar Facility and the 30-MW Spectrum Solar Facility. Southern Power owns over 2,700 MW of renewable generation from 33 solar, wind and biomass facilities either announced, acquired or under construction.

Boulder Solar I operates using SunPower Oasis Power Plant technology, a fully integrated, modular solar power block that is engineered to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy large solar projects that maximize power generation while optimizing land use.

Southern Power plans to continue growing its wholesale business with the acquisition and construction of generating assets covered by long-term purchase contracts. 

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