Renewable Energy, Solar

Southern Co. solar generation unit expands to North Carolina

Atlanta, October 18, 2012 — Southern Co. announced the acquisition of the company’s first solar installation in North Carolina — the 2.5-MW Granville Solar Facility — by Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy. The project represents the partnership’s fourth joint solar acquisition.

The Granville Solar Facility is located on a 40-acre site in Granville County, N.C., near Oxford. It is being built and will be operated and maintained by SunEdison, a global provider of solar energy services and a unit of MEMC Electronic Materials. Construction is under way and the facility is expected to enter commercial operation later this month.

Ted Turner, owner of Turner Renewable Energy, teamed with a Southern Co. unit in January 2010 to strategically develop renewable energy projects in the U.S.

The partnership’s first project was the acquisition and development of the 30-MW Cimarron Solar Facility near Raton, N.M. The partnership has since purchased the 20-MW Apex Solar Facility and the 30-MW Spectrum Solar Facility, both of which are located in Clark County, Nev.

The Granville Solar Facility’s output will serve a power purchase agreement with Progress Energy Carolinas.