Renewable Energy Systems (RES) will build and operate the 102MW Lamesa solar facility located in Dawson County, Texas

Southern Company’s subsidiary Southern Power had recently acquired the solar project from RES.

The project will feature 410,000 photovoltaic panels which will produce enough electricity to power about 26,000 average US households.

BNB Renewable Energy Holdings was the original developer of the project. The company began working with landowners, local officials and community leaders back in 2013.

In mid 2015, BNB entered into a joint development agreement with RES for the completion of the project.

Construction of the project is scheduled to begin in July 2016 and commercial operations are expected to start by mid-2017.

About 300 people are expected to be employed during the peak of construction and will have three or more full time jobs for operations and maintenance. The solar project is expected to have a life of about 30 years.

RES Development Americas vice president Chad Horton said: "This project is our third and largest solar project in Texas, having already constructed more than 70 MW in the state.

"We look forward to working with BNB to bring more solar energy online in Texas. RES has been committed to bringing renewable energy to the state, having developed and or constructed more than 2,300 MW of wind to date."

BNB partner Jos Nicholas said: "A lot of important stakeholders worked together to make this project happen."

"On behalf of Southern, RES, and BNB, I want to thank the many landowners and City of Lamesa and Dawson County officials who played an instrumental role throughout the development process."

BNB also developed two utility-scale wind farms (totaling nearly 400MW) and a utility-scale solar project in Texas, all of which are operational.