Construction continues at Hattiesburg solar farm

Construction continues at Hattiesburg solar farm

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Mississippi Power’s renewable energy footprint continues to take shape as construction work progresses on a 450-acre, 50-MW solar facility just south of Hattiesburg.

Once operational, the solar farm will have approximately 650,000 solar panels generating enough electricity to power 6,500 homes.

When completed this summer, the Hattiesburg project will combine with the company’s two other solar farms to produce 105 MW of solar energy — enough to power 15,500 homes for a year.

That makes Mississippi Power the state’s largest partner in renewable energy.

“This solar facility, along with the farm in Lamar County, adds to the Pine Belt region’s leadership role in renewable energy,” said Pine Belt Division Manager Michael Harvey. “With a $90 million investment from Silicon Ranch, this project is already providing a boost to the local economy.”

Harvey and other Pine Belt Division leaders were given a project overview from Strata Solar engineers and then treated to a windshield tour of the construction site from Silicon Ranch President and CEO Matt Kisber.

“We believe that solar energy projects — when developed responsibly — create enduring, long-term value and deliver a meaningful legacy for their communities,” Kisber said. “We’re excited about this partnership with Mississippi Power, the city of Hattiesburg and Forrest County, as well as the Area Development Partnership.”

Silicon Ranch is financing the Hattiesburg project with the power being purchased by Mississippi Power and going to the company’s grid. Strata Solar is handling construction.

“The leadership and board of directors at Mississippi Power deserve tremendous credit for their vision and their commitment to bring low-cost, renewable power to their customers in southeast Mississippi,” said Kisber. “They clearly understand the economic development role they play in the region and are smart to position themselves as a leader in clean energy.”

Tony Smith, Mississippi Power renewable projects manager, says solar brings a variety of benefits as part of a well-balanced energy portfolio.

“The Hattiesburg solar farm will generate more than 100 million kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable energy every year for the next 25 years” Smith said.

Construction is expected to be completed sometime this summer.

Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and environmentally responsible energy for nearly 187,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. Mississippi Power ranked first in the Southeast Electric Exchange’s 2016 Safety Performance Reports and is consistently recognized as an industry leader in reliability, customer service and safety. Visit our websites at www.mississippipower.com and www.mississippipowernews.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.

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