Mississippi Power seeking okay to buy power from 52-MW Origis solar project

The Mississippi Public Service Commission has scheduled an Oct. 6 evidentiary hearing on a May 1 application from Mississippi Power and MS SOLAR 2 LLC for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity and approval of a power purchase agreement for a 52-MW solar project.

MS SOLAR 2 is a special purpose entity created solely for the purpose of owning and operating the facilities proposed for certification in this proceeding. MS Solar is a wholly owned, direct subsidiary of Origis International Ltd. Its 52-MW solar generating facility will be located in Sumrall, Mississippi, and will be owned, operated, and maintained by MS Solar. The project is being constructed in association with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) negotiated between Mississippi Power and MS Solar.

The project will generate solar power through solar panels mounted directly on the ground, via east to west rotating steel support structures. The estimated construction cost of the project is $102 million. The project’s schedule, as outlined in the May 1 application, requires that construction begin no later than the end of the third quarter of 2015, and the project’s commercial operation must be before Dec. 31, 2016, in order to receive the full benefit of federal tax credits. 

Mississippi Power will take the entire output of solar energy produced by the project as it is generated and will pay a rate per megawatt-hour of energy delivered, according to a fixed price schedule. The PPA will have a 25 year term, commencing in the fourth quarter of 2016.

A project contact is: Johan Vanhee, Operations Manager, MS Solar 2 LLC, 1200 Brickell Avenue, Suite 1800, Miami, FL 33131 Mobile: (404) 731-2193, johan.vanhee@origisenergy.com.

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