Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy today announced the acquisition of the companies' second solar project in North Carolina – the approximately 74-megawatt (MW) Rutherford Farm facility – from Cypress Creek Renewables.
"The strategic acquisition of the Rutherford Farm is another step in the development of our solar portfolio," said Southern Power President and CEO Buzz Miller. "This project aligns with our business model as we continue our growth as a renewable energy leader."
With more than 2,200 MW of renewable generating capacity ownership, Southern Power assembled its nationally recognized renewable portfolio through the strategic acquisition or development of 30 solar, wind and biomass projects that are either in operation or under construction across the United States.
Ted Turner, owner of Turner Renewable Energy, first teamed with Southern Company through a subsidiary in January 2010 to form a strategic alliance to pursue development of renewable energy projects in the United States. This is Southern Power's 10th solar project with Turner Renewable Energy and brings the partnership's overall solar capacity to more than 415 MW.
"Turner Renewable Energy's trusted partnership with Southern Power continues to advance the development of renewable technologies across the country," said Turner. "We are pleased with our growing relationship and today's acquisition in North Carolina, which further expands the growth of solar energy."
Cypress Creek Renewables is developing and constructing the Rutherford Farm and will serve as the operations and maintenance contractor. Construction activities began in February, and the facility is expected to be commercially operational in December. The project will be covered by a long-term power purchase agreement.
The Rutherford project fits Southern Power's business strategy of growing its wholesale business through the acquisition and construction of generating assets substantially covered by long-term contracts. Southern Power supplies wholesale generation to more than 40 energy customers that serve more than 40 million end users across the country.
About Southern Power
Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider meeting the electricity needs of municipalities, electric cooperatives and investor-owned utilities. Southern Power and its subsidiaries own or have the rights to 39 facilities operating or under construction in 10 states with more than 10,800 MW of generating capacity in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas.
About Turner Renewable Energy
Turner Renewable Energy is wholly owned by Ted Turner. Turner Enterprises Inc., a private company, manages the business interests, land holdings and investments of Ted Turner, including the oversight of 2 million acres in 12 states and in Argentina, and more than 51,000 bison.
About Southern Company
Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings.