October 29 (Renewables Now) - US utility Southern Power on Monday announced the acquisition of a 136-MW wind project in Washington state from UK-based Renewable Energy Systems (RES).
The subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE:SO) did not disclose the value of the deal, which has expanded its renewables portfolio to 3,190 MW. More than 1,960 MW of this capacity comes from wind assets.
The newly-acquired wind farm, called Skookumchuck, is currently being installed in Lewis and Thurston Counties, with commercial operations slated to begin in the first quarter of next year. Following its commissioning, Southern Power will sell a minority stake in the power plant to Canadian utility TransAlta Corp (TSE:TA).
The RES-developed wind farm will use 38 turbines supplied by Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems (CPH:VWS). The electricity they produce, as well as the associated renewable energy credits (RECs), will be sold under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Puget Sound Energy.
The Skookumchuck project is Southern Power’s 12th wind scheme and its first one in Washington state, the utility noted.