Mississippi Power received unanimous approval from the Mississippi Public Service Commission to construct and operate a new solar electric generating facility and battery storage system in Walnut Grove.

The small utility scale solar and battery storage facility will be capable of producing approximately 1.5 MW of clean, carbon free solar energy. It will also provide more than 5 MWh of battery storage capacity for Mississippi Power’s customers. The facility will offer the opportunity for demonstration of advanced solar photovoltaic panels and battery energy storage technology concepts and assess the suitability of this arrangement to provide microgrid capabilities for the Walnut Grove area.

“This facility will be a valuable research and demonstration project that will help determine if these new concepts improve cost effectiveness for our customers, and provide knowledge that can be applied to future applications as these technologies continue to advance,” said Renewable Energy Program Manager Allison Little. “This solar and battery storage facility will expand Mississippi Power’s energy portfolio and further our commitment to deliver safe and reliable energy to the communities we serve.”

The Walnut Grove project represents a total investment of $7.8 million in Leake County and is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2022.

The project also represents Mississippi Power’s first ever stand-alone solar and battery storage development and construction project. It will supplement the company’s other solar energy purchase agreements already being used by Mississippi Power customers totaling more than 155 MW.  The renewable energy credits generated by these projects and the new facility can be used to serve our customers or sold to third parties for the benefit of our customers.

Now in its 96th year of operations, Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and affordable energy for more than 188,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. Mississippi Power recently was a recipient of the Community Partner Impact Award from the Center for Energy Workforce Development for its innovative and ongoing efforts to build a diverse workforce. With nearly 160 megawatts of approved solar energy capacity, Mississippi Power is the largest partner in providing renewable energy in the state of Mississippi. Visit our websites atmississippipower.com and mississippipowernews.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on TwitterInstagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube