Southern Co. and Turner Acquire California Solar Project

  • Southern, Turner Renewable jointly acquired eight solar farms
  • Morelos del Sol will sell output to PG&E under 20-year deal

Southern Co., the third-biggest U.S. utility owner, acquired a 15-megawatt solar farm in central California, extending its clean-energy partnership with Turner Renewable Energy LLC.

The acquisition of the Morelos del Sol project in Kern County is Southern’s eighth solar deal with Ted Turner’s renewable-energy company since 2010, the Atlanta-based utility company said in a statement Monday. Terms of the purchase from Solar Frontier KK weren’t disclosed.

Morelos del Sol is expected to be completed in November. It uses thin-film solar panels mounted on single-axis trackers and will sell its output to PG&E Corp. under a 20-year contract. Southern and Turner now own more than 320 megawatts of solar capacity together.

Solar Frontier, a unit of Japan’s Showa Shell Sekiyu KK, is developing nine solar projects in the U.S., according to a separate statement Monday.

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