The 139 MW solar photovoltaic Campo Verde Solar Facility, located in Imperial County, Calif., has begun commercial operation.
First Solar built the facility, which incorporates nearly 2.3 million of its thin-film PV modules, and sold it Southern Co. subsidiary Southern Power in partnership with Turner Renewable Energy in April. First Solar will operate and maintain the plant.
Southern Power will sell the electricity generated by the Campo Verde Solar Facility under a 20-year power purchase agreement with San Diego Gas & Electric Co.
The partnership of Southern and Turner have acquired five solar energy projects, including the Spectrum solar facility in Nevada, which became operational in October. The partnership plans to acquire a sixth project, the 20 MW Adobe solar facility, which is under construction in Kern County, Calif., by SunEdison and scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2014.