Southern Power Opens 102 MW Lamesa Solar Facility

The solar facility, spread across 887 acres, will generate enough energy to power about 15,000 Texas homes. The city of Garland, Texas signed a 15-year power purchase agreement to acquire the facility's power and associated renewable energy credits.

Lamesa Solar Facility, Dawson County, Texas
Lamesa Solar Facility, Dawson County, Texas

Southern Co. subsidiary Southern Power announced the beginning of operations at the 102-megawatt Lamesa Solar Facility in Dawson County, Texas. The project is the company’s third large-scale solar farm operating in the state.

Lamesa Solar consists of approximately 410,000 tracking polycrystalline solar panels on 887 acres and generates sufficient energy to meet the needs of roughly 15,000 Texas homes. The city of Garland, Texas signed a 15-year power purchase agreement to acquire its power and associated renewable energy credits, which it may keep or sell.

The energy provider purchased the facility in July 2016 from Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES), which provided full project EPC services. RES continues to serve as the operations and maintenance contractor for the solar farm.

“The Lamesa Solar Facility is an important addition to our growing renewable fleet, and we look forward to operating it for the benefit of our customer,” Southern Power President & CEO Buzz Miller said in prepared remarks. “By providing clean, affordable, wholesale generation, we are able to deliver on our promise to help build the future of energy.”

Lamesa Solar boosts Southern Power’s renewable generation power to more than 1,200 megawatts, including wind, solar and biomass facilities in Texas.

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