Southern Power brings live 20-MW solar park in California

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March 30 (Renewables Now) - Southern Power, a subsidiary of utility Southern Company (NYSE:SO), has launched commercial operations at its 20-MW Gaskell West 1 solar park in California.

The photovoltaic (PV) park is situated in Kern County and is powered by around 85,710 Canadian Solar modules. Its construction was initiated in October 2017, with D H Blattner & Sons and Dashiell Corporation serving as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors.

The plant will be selling its output and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) to Southern California Edison under a 20-year contract. First Solar Energy Services will deliver operation and maintenance (O&M) services.

Southern Power purchased the Gaskell West 1 project from its developer Recurrent Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc (NASDAQ:CSIQ), at the end of January. Overall, Southern Power owns over 3,500 MW of wind, solar and biomass power plants, either announced, acquired or under construction, across the US.

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