Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power, in partnership with Turner Renewable Energy, has acquired a 20MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Kern County, California, US.

The Adobe Solar Facility represents the partnership’s sixth solar project and is anticipated to start commercial operation in May 2014.

The partnership’s first solar facility in California is the 139MW Campo Verde solar facility, which started operations in October 2013.

Southern Company chairman, president and CEO Thomas Fanning said the company is committed to pursuing renewables to help build America’s energy future, and solar is an important component of that effort.

"The acquisition of the Adobe Solar Facility – our second solar installation in California – builds on our development of the full portfolio of energy resources for the benefit of customers," Fanning said.

Solar technology manufacturer SunEdison built the Adobe facility, which is located on a 160-acre site in Kern County, California.

SunEdison will also provide asset management and monitoring as well as maintenance services through its renewable operations centre.

Southern California Edison will buy the power generated by the facility under a 20-year power purchase agreement.