Phoenix Solar Inc., the U.S. unit of Phoenix Solar AG, signed a contract with Silicon Ranch Corp. to build a 38.6 MW solar plant called Simon Solar Farm in Georgia. Upon completion, the installation will be the largest solar installation in the 14-year history of Phoenix Solar.
Georgia Power, the state’s largest electrical utility, has agreed to buy the electricity generated from the solar park under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Silicon Ranch. Silicon Ranch procured the solar PPA in December 2011 as part of the 50 MW solar power purchase authorized by the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC).
Construction, which has already begun at Simon Solar Farm outside Atlanta, is scheduled for completion by the end of 2013. Simon Solar Farm is expected to generate enough renewable power every year to charge a fleet of 10,000 electric vehicles with enough electricity for each to be driven 20,000 miles.
Under the terms of the contract, Phoenix Solar Inc. will provide all engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to Silicon Ranch to realize the ground-mount solar park on 161 acres at the Simon Solar Farm, about 30 miles east of Atlanta, the state capital. Phoenix Solar will also provide long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) support for the solar park. Silicon Ranch closed its construction financing facility last month.
Phoenix Solar is deploying modules from JA Solar at the solar park, and will use SMA inverters and Unirac mounting systems. Site work has already begun at Simon Solar Farm, which was a cotton farm several decades ago.