The company continues final start-up activities at the project, achieving integrated operation of both gasifiers, including the production of electricity from syngas in both combustion turbines, on Jan. 29, 2017, with sustained operation through the present time. This is the facility’s most significant milestone to-date.

On Friday, the company provided the media and key Pine Belt customers with a firsthand look at the progress being made at the 590-acre, 52-MW solar generation station in Lamar County. When completed, it will be the largest solar facility in Mississippi.

Crews assisting Mississippi Power in the restoration effort came from sister company Gulf Power, and utility partners in Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama and north Mississippi.

Mississippi Power transmission and distribution crews, along with contract crews from four neighboring states, worked safely into the night Sunday as restoration efforts continue following Saturday’s devastating tornado in the Pine Belt.

Service was restored to nearly 7,500 Mississippi Power customers on Saturday, about 70 percent of the peak outage of 11,000 immediately after the storm.

Company now expects the remainder of the Kemper facility will be placed into service during January 2017.

Last month, the company announced electricity had been generated in the first of the facility’s two gasifiers.

‘Today’s accomplishment a testament to Kemper team’s hard work’

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