New Projects, Renewables, Solar

Southern Company subsidiary to expand solar projects in Georgia

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) subsidiary Southern Power plans to develop a 131-MW photovoltaic (PV) solar project in Georgia.

“Southern Company is committed to developing renewables as a component of the full portfolio of energy resources,” said Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO Thomas A. Fanning. “Our strategic solar expansion helps build our system’s diverse fuel mix and solar generation capacity to prepare for America’s energy future.”

First Solar will serve as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor. Construction is scheduled to begin in September 2015, and the project is expected to reach commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) will be sold under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to three Georgia electric membership corporations: Cobb Electric Membership Corp. (101-MW), Flint Electric Membership Corp. (15-MW), and Sawnee Electric Membership Corp. (15-MW).