ATLANTA – Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy today announced the acquisition of the largest solar facility in New Mexico – the 50-megawatt (MW) Macho Springs Solar Facility. The Southern Power-Turner Renewable Energy partnership’s seventh solar project and its second-largest overall, the facility is expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 18,000 homes.

“In partnership with Turner Renewable Energy, Southern Company has created one of the nation’s largest solar portfolios,” said Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO Thomas A. Fanning. “Our strategic solar expansion demonstrates our commitment to the full portfolio of energy resources.”

The Macho Springs Solar Facility was built and will be operated and maintained by First Solar, a leading global provider of comprehensive PV solar systems utilizing its advanced thin-film modules. Electricity generated by the facility will serve a 20-year purchase power agreement with El Paso Electric (EPE).

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