This system is the first of two solar power projects being developed by AES Distributed Energy and its partners, collectively expected to supply 20 MW to the Georgia Power utility grid. The second, 16 MW project, is under development and is expected to be operational in the first half of 2016.
Georgia Power, a unit of Southern Co., will purchase the entire energy production from both projects from AES Distributed Energy pursuant to 20-year power purchase agreements. Their development rights were awarded as part of the 2013 Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI) solicitation for 60 MW of utility-scale solar power.
AES Distributed Energy co-developed the projects with Inovateus Solar and MS Solar Solutions Corp., a unit of Morgan Stanley. MS Solar Solutions is providing construction capital and long-term equity financing, while AES Distributed Energy will be the long-term owner and operator of both solar PV facilities.
Gregory Electric Co. is serving as primary engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the two projects, collectively designed with 26 MW PV capacity using SolarWorld panels mounted on Array Technologies single-axis trackers. Schneider Electric central inverters deliver the rated 20 MW power.