Mississippi Power, along with leaders from the U.S. Navy and Hannah Solar, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the 3-4 MW solar facility at the Naval Construction Battalion Center or Seabee Base in Gulfport.
“Our company is very proud to support our military partners,” said President and CEO Anthony Wilson. “We are involved in several renewable energy projects across our service territory. This facility is special not only because it will serve the men and women who protect our country, but also because it is the first solar project completed in our 92-year history in South Mississippi.”
The utility-scale solar facility has been generating clean, renewable energy since April.
The 15-acre site features about 13,000 solar panels that are producing enough energy to power approximately 450 homes.
“Seeking out alternative energy resources isn’t a fad,” said Rear Admiral Bette Boliver, commander of the Navy Region Southeast. “We aren’t doing it because it is the ‘hip’ thing to do. We are doing it because it is necessary for the future security and resiliency of our Navy.
“This is a great example of public-private collaboration that shows we can all work together for mutual benefit and the common good. I’m proud to be a part of this and thrilled to be here today.”
The Navy solar project is one of three that Mississippi Power is involved with as a partner.
On Friday, the company held a site dedication at a 52 MW solar farm in Sumrall – the largest renewable energy site in the state that recently began commercial operation. A 50 MW solar site is under construction in Hattiesburg and will be coming online later this year.
The company has a fourth solar project proposed in Lauderdale County that will support Naval Air Station Meridian if approved by the Mississippi Public Service Commission.
When that project is operational, Mississippi Power will solidify its position as the state’s largest partner in solar energy with 160 MW, enough to power 23,000 homes.
The energy and renewable energy credits from these projects may be used to serve customers with renewable energy, for future renewable energy programs or to sell at wholesale to third parties.
Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley attended the event along with representatives for Southern District Commissioner Sam Britton and Central District Commissioner Cecil Brown.
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