Tubes used to boil water in a conventional steam-turbine generator to produce electricity. by Dennis Schroeder. (www.energy.gov)
Southern Company recently announced that its subsidiary, Southern Power, has acquired a 150 megawatt Solar Gen 2 solar facility from First Solar Inc. in California. It is now the largest facility in Southern Company’s portfolio and is expected to power 60,000 homes.
Construction of the project began in 2013 and will likely be completed sometime before the end of the year. While Southern Company does own the facility, First Solar is expected to operate it.
California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard program requires electric service providers, among other utilities, to “increase procurement from eligible renewable energy resources to 33 percent of retail sales by the end of 2020.” With this purchase, the company is looking to meet that goal.