Southern Company, though its subsidiary Southern Power, has acquired the 33 MW Pawpaw photovoltaic solar plant located in Georgia (USA) from Longview Solar LLC.
Once the transaction is completed, Southern Power will increase its solar generation capacity in the state to 385 MW.
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.
The project is expected to start construction next month. The project is expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2015. The electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the facility will be sold under a 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Georgia Power, which will have the option to keep or sell the RECs for the benefit of its customers or renewable energy programs.
Once completed, operation and maintenance (O&M) will be managed by Southern Power. DEPCOM Power will serve as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor.
Southern Power's renewable energy portfolio of more than 1,200 MW of company-owned generating capacity – either already in operation or under development – was assembled through the strategic development of a total of 17 solar, wind and biomass projects across the United States.