Strata Solar marks Mississippi approval for its 50-MW Hattiesburg project

Strata Solar issued a Nov. 17 statement celebrating a Nov. 10 approval by the Mississippi Public Service Commission of the largest solar installations in Mississippi, making Mississippi Power the largest partner in renewable energy in the state.

Strata Solar is working with Mississippi Power and the U.S. Navy to build one of them, a 450-acre 50-MW project in Hattiesburg. Construction is slated to begin in early 2016.

“This cost-effective, utility-scale solar energy project once again places Mississippi Power at the forefront of the state’s energy economy by adding renewable energy into the company’s portfolio,” said Mississippi Power President Anthony Wilson. “This project will have a substantial impact on the amount of electricity generated by renewables in Mississippi.”

Strata Solar will finance the installation with Mississippi Power receiving all of the energy and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the projects. The energy and RECs may be used to serve customers with renewable energy, for future renewable energy programs or to sell at wholesale to third parties. The power will be purchased through long-term purchased power agreements with the developers.

“Strata Solar is looking forward to working with Mississippi Power on our Hattiesburg solar project,” said Strata Solar CEO Markus Wilhelm. “Working with utilities to competitively and substantively diversify their power generation is a big part of our passion for this industry. We are thrilled to be getting this project under way.”

Strata Solar is a national leader in utility-scale solar energy systems and installations. Strata also offers a full array of development, engineering, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance services to companies interested in clean renewable energy.

Mississippi Power, a unit of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), is collaborating with three developers and the U.S. Navy to build 105 MW of utility-scale solar farms at three different locations. The developers will finance each installation with Mississippi Power receiving all of the energy and associated renewable energy credits generated. The projects approved Nov. 10 are:

  • Mississippi Power and Strata Solar are partnering on a 450-acre, 50-MW solar station to be located in Hattiesburg.
  • The utility is partnering with Origis Energy on a 52-MW utility-scale solar project to be located in Sumrall.
  • Mississippi Power, Hannah Solar, and the U.S. Navy are partnering on a 23-acre, 3 MW-4-MW solar project to be located at The Naval Construction Battalion Center (Seabee Base) in Gulfport.
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