Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company has acquired the 30MW Pawpaw power plant in Georgia from Longview Solar.

The deal, which is Southern Power’s fifth acquisition in Georgia, brings the company’s solar generation capacity in the state to 385MW.

The Pawpaw solar plant will be built on about 416 acres of land in Taylor County. Southern Power will operate and maintain the facility.

Depcom Power will serve as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project, which will feature about 137,000 solar modules from Trina Power.

Southern Power expects to start construction of Pawpaw plant this month, with commercial operation planned in the fourth quarter of this year.

Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power will buy the electricity and associated renewable energy credits generated by the facility over a 30-year period.

The renewable energy portfolio of Southern Power includes over 1.2GW of company-owned generating capacity that is either currently in operation or under development.

The acquisition of Pawpaw facility will allow Southern Power and its subsidiaries to own or have the right to own 26 facilities in nine states, with over 9.8GW of generating capacity operating or under development.