Southern Company, an Atlanta-based producer of electricity, has announced the acquisition of the largest DC tracking solar installation in the U.S. Tracking technology that involves directing the solar panels according to the movement of the sun across the sky.
The installation is a 30 MW solar photovoltaic facility in Clark County, Nevada. Named as the Spectrum Solar Facility, it is situated on a 311 ac site. This facility was acquired by Southern Company in partnership with Turner Renewable Energy. Earlier, they had jointly acquired and developed the Cimarron Solar Facility near Raton, New Mexico, which is a 30-MW solar PV plant. It was the largest solar plant in the U.S. when it was acquired.
Turner and Southern Company acquired Apex Solar Facility, a 20-MW plant, in June 2012, which was their third acquisition. It is situated in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Both these companies are investing to develop large-scale solar photovoltaic projects in areas with abundant sun.
SunEdison, a global provider of solar energy services, will be building the Spectrum Solar Facility. It will also take care of its operations and maintenance. The construction for the facility is expected to commence in October. The facility will commence production when construction is completed in the second quarter of 2013.
The Spectrum Solar Facility has a power purchase agreement with NV Energy for a period of 25 years. NV Energy provides energy services and products to the Nevada region.