Southern Power to develop 131MW plant in Georgia



Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is slated to develop a 131MW PV plant in Georgia, which will sell its energy to three electric membership companies within the “Peach State”.

The plant, which will be developed on a 368.7 hectare site in Taylor Country, will be comprised of 1.6 million thin-film solar modules and is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2016.

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Thomas A. Fanning, president, chairman and CEO of Southern Company, said: “Southern Company is committed to developing renewables as a component of the full portfolio of energy resources. 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 provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the project, which is expected to begin construction in September 2015.

Power generated by the plant will sold through 25-year power purchase agreements to Cobb Electric Membership Corporation — who are contracted for 101MW of power— and Flint Electric Membership Corporation and Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation — both of whom are slated for 15MW each.

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