Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, and Turner Renewable Energy have commenced commercial operations of the 139MW Campo Verde solar PV project in Imperial County, California.
Spanning across approximately 1,400 acres of land, the project features around 2.3 million cadmium telluride thin-film PV modules manufactured by First Solar, a fixed-tilt design and inverters from Converteam, a General Electric company.
In addition to providing solar modules, each with an average rating of 90W, First Solar was also responsible for engineering, procurement and construction and will provide operation and maintenance services for the project.
The project, which is expected to generate enough electricity to power around 48,000 homes, will supply its output to San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
The project will help SDG&E achieve its renewable energy delivery under California's renewable portfolio standard, which requires utilities to increase procurement from eligible renewable energy resources to 33% of retail sales by 2020.
In April 2013, Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy acquired the Campo Verde solar facility, bringing their joint portfolio of solar generation to more than 220MW in four states.
Campo Verde, which is the fifth project jointly acquired by the partnership, has doubled Southern Company's solar capacity, the company claims.
The companies have started their partnership with the acquisition of the Cimarron solar facility in March 2010 and also acquired the Apex solar facility, the Spectrum solar facility and the Granville solar facility.
Southern Company chairman, president and CEO Thomas A Fanning said the company is striving for America's energy future and solar is an important part of its continued effort to provide clean, safe, reliable and affordable power.
"Completing the Campo Verde Solar Facility helps us strategically incorporate more renewables into our diverse energy portfolio," said Fanning.
Image: Campo Verde solar facility features First Solar modules. Photo: courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.