Southern Acquires 30-Megawatt Pawpaw Solar Plant From Longview

Southern Co., owner of Georgia’s largest utility, is expanding its solar capacity in the state by purchasing the 30-megawatt Pawpaw power plant from Longview Solar LLC.

The deal is Southern’s fifth such acquisition in Georgia, bringing its solar generation in the state to 385 megawatts, the Atlanta-based company said in statement Monday. Terms weren’t disclosed. Longview is a joint venture of Elemental Energy Inc. and Tuusso Energy LLC.

Trina Solar Ltd. is supplying panels for the project. Electricity and renewable-energy credits from Pawpaw will be sold to Southern’s Georgia Power unit under a 30-year contract, according to the statement. Construction of the solar farm is expected to begin this month, with commercial operation scheduled for the fourth quarter.