Turner and Southern Company’s 20MW Solar Frontier PV plant purchase is ninth acquisition for pair

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Calipatria Solar, in Imperial County, California. Image: Solar Frontier Americas.

Turner Renewable Energy, owned by media moghul Ted Turner, will be one of the new owners of a 20MW thin-film PV plant in the US constructed by Solar Frontier Americas.

Turner Energy and utility holding company Southern Power, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company, formed a strategic alliance in 2010 to develop renewable energy projects. The latest acquisition is Calipatria Solar Facility in Imperial County, California.

Power from the plant, as well as renewable energy credits (RECs) will be sold to investor-owned utility San Diego Gas & Electric under a 20 year power purchase agreement (PPA).

Solar Frontier Americas, a branch of Japan-headquartered Solar Frontier, said the plant will produce around 52,000MWh of electricity annually from its 130,000 CIS thin-film modules. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the project’s completion in late January.

Turner Energy and Southern Power previously bought a 15MW plant from Solar Frontier Americas in October. The latest acquisition brings the pair’s renewable assets in operation or development to 340MW across nine projects. Solar Frontier Americas, meanwhile, bought a 280MW pipeline of projects in North America in April 2015.

According to a factsheet on the Southern Company website, a rival thin-film firm, US-headquartered First Solar, will operate and maintain the Calipatria plant.

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