Renewable Energy, Solar

VIDEO: Southern Co. develops five solar projects in three states

Three Southern Co. units this week are expanding their renewable energy portfolios through the development or acquisition of five large-scale solar power projects.

Subsidiaries Georgia Power, Gulf Power and Southern Power are contributing to the company’s 3,100 MW of announced or completed renewable energy generating capacity with more than 160 MW of photovoltaic solar power.

This week:

·       Gulf Power received Florida Public Service Commission approval to develop 120 -MW of utility-scale solar at three military installations: Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach (30 MW), and Navy facilities Holley Field in Navarre (40 MW) and Saufley Field in Pensacola (50 MW).

·       Southern Power announced the acquisition of a controlling interest in the 32 MW Lost Hills-Blackwell Solar Facility in California from First Solar, Inc.

·       Georgia Power and U.S. Army officials held a groundbreaking of a 30 MW solar installation at Fort Benning near Columbus, Ga. The project is one of three solar installations totaling 90 -MW being developed at military bases through a partnership between Georgia Power and the Army.

The Southern Co. system’s renewable energy portfolio is comprised of a total of 42 solar projects in six states, including Georgia Power’s development of a voluntary solar initiative. Last month, Southern Power announced the acquisition of the company’s largest renewable energy project — the 299 MW Kay Wind facility in Oklahoma. In addition, units Alabama Power, Georgia Power and Gulf Power have contracted to put more than 800 MW of wind energy to work for customers in the Southeast, and Southern Power operates one of the nation’s largest biomass power plants in Texas.