Southern Co. subsidiary buys eighth solar facility

Southern Co. subsidiary Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy have acquired the 15-megawatt (MW) Morelos del Sol Solar Facility from Solar Frontier Americas.

Southern Co. is the parent company of Mississippi Power.

This is Southern Power's eighth solar acquisition in California, It is on 138 acres in Kern County, Calif., and is expected to consist of 111,744 thin-film photovoltaic solar modules mounted on single-axis trackers.

Ted Turner, owner of Turner Renewable Energy, teamed with Southern Company through a subsidiary in January 2010 to form an alliance to pursue development of renewable energy projects in the United States. The partnership has focused on developing and investing in large-scale solar PV projects in the Southwest, where solar resources are most available.

This is the company's eighth solar project with Turner Renewable Energy and brings the partnership's overall solar capacity to more than 320 MW.