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Southern Co. buys 10th solar facility

American media mogul Ted Turner partnered with Southern Co. to buy a 10th solar facililty in California. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
American media mogul Ted Turner partnered with Southern Co. to buy a 10th solar facililty in California. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File) AP

Southern Co., parent company of Mississippi Power, has teamed with Ted Turner, owner of Turner Renewable Energy, to buy a solar facility in California.

This is the 10th solar facility in California for Southern Co. subsidiary Southern Power, which now has 25 solar, wind and biomass projects in operation or under development across the United States.

Construction of the plant began in August 2015, and commercial operation is expected in the first quarter of 2016.

"The acquisition of the Calipatria Solar Facility underscores Southern Power's leadership in helping create America's energy future," said Southern Co. Chairman Thomas Fanning. "Through strategic partnerships, including with Turner Renewable Energy, we are continuing our tremendous growth as a national renewable energy leader."

The Southern Co. system has added or announced more than 3,800 MW of renewable energy projects since 2012.

Turner teamed with Southern Co. through a subsidiary in January 2010 to pursue the development of renewable energy projects in the United States. The partnership has primarily focused on developing and investing in large-scale solar energy projects in the Southwest.

"The acquisition of the Calipatria Solar Facility is an important effort to further develop clean, renewable energy through this outstanding partnership," said Turner.

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