Southern Co., owner of Georgia’s largest utility, acquired a 103-megawatt solar farm in that state from Community Energy Inc.
The Butler power plant will be on about 1,000 acres (405 hectares) in Taylor County and is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of next year, Atlanta-based Southern said in a statement Thursday. Terms weren’t disclosed.
First Solar Inc., the largest U.S. panel maker, is developing and will maintain the solar farm. The Butler project will require more than 1 million of its thin-film modules.
Southern Power has bought or is building more than 1.1 gigawatts of renewable-energy capacity, including four solar plants in Georgia, according to the statement.