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Apr 30, 2024

Southern Power's South Cheyenne Solar Facility in Wyoming is Now Operational

Southern Power, a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider and subsidiary of Southern Company, today announced that the 150-megawatt (MW) South Cheyenne Solar Facility in Laramie County, Wyoming, is now operational.

This project, Southern Power's 30th solar facility, is Southern Power's first solar facility in Wyoming, and it contributes to the company's growing fleet of clean energy resources from California to Maine.

"We are thrilled to announce that South Cheyenne Solar has reached commercial operation, marking a significant milestone for our team and all who have worked tirelessly on this project, and we are equally excited to see our footprint expand with our first operational site in Wyoming," said Southern Power President Robin Boren. "This facility showcases our commitment to the development of solar energy and is an excellent addition to our growing renewable fleet."

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The electricity and associated renewable energy credits generated by the facility will be sold under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power, a subsidiary of Black Hills Energy. The energy will be used exclusively to provide renewable energy to a data center customer.

Southern Power acquired South Cheyenne Solar Facility from Qcells USA Corp. (Qcells USA), in September 2023. Qcells USA provided full renewable value chain and turnkey services on the project including serving as the project developer, module manufacturer and engineering procurement construction (EPC) provider of the site, which created more than 200 jobs at peak construction.

With the addition of South Cheyenne, Southern Power's solar portfolio includes more than 2,740 MW of solar generation. Southern Power's solar facilities are a part of the company's 5,280 MW renewable fleet, which consists of 30 solar and 15 wind facilities operating or under construction.

This project aligns with Southern Power's overall business strategy of strengthening its wholesale business by acquiring and developing generating assets that are covered by long-term contracts with counterparties with strong credit support.

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