Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power and SunPower Corp. today announced that Southern Power has acquired a controlling interest in the 102MW Henrietta Solar Project in Kings County, California, from SunPower, which will own the remaining interest in the project.
"The acquisition of the Henrietta Solar Project underscores Southern Power's leadership in developing renewable energy," said Southern Power President and CEO Buzz Miller. "Through strategic partnerships, including with SunPower, we continue to accelerate our solar generation growth in California."
Construction began in May 2015, and the project is expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of this year.
"With over 30 years' experience and more than 2.5 gigawatts of innovative solar power plants operating around the world, SunPower is a global leader driving the adoption of reliable, cost-effective solar power at utility scale," said SunPower CEO Tom Werner. "We are proud to partner with Southern Power to deliver long-term value for the utility, its customer, and the California homes and businesses that will benefit from the emission-free power generated by the Henrietta Solar Project."
Existing Southern Power customer Pacific Gas and Electric Company will purchase the electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the facility under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
SunPower is constructing a SunPower® Oasis® Power Plant system at the approximately 670-acre Henrietta site. Once operational, the facility is expected to be capable of generating enough electricity to help meet the energy needs of approximately 24,000 average U.S. homes.