Mississippi Power, Origis break ground on 52-MW solar project

Mississippi Power and Origis Energy, along with officials from the Area Development Partnership and Lamar County, on May 20 held a groundbreaking ceremony for what will be the state’s largest solar facility.

When operational, the $100-million facility will generate 52 MW. Mississippi Power, a unit of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), will receive all energy and associated renewable energy credits produced by the facility, which it may use to serve customers with solar energy or sell to third parties for the benefit of customers.

“This is an exciting day for all of Mississippi,” said Mississippi Power President and CEO Anthony L. Wilson. “By working with Origis Energy and the Area Development Partnership, we will have nearly doubled the amount of electricity generated by renewable energy going to the Mississippi Power grid.”

  • In April, Mississippi Power and Silicon Ranch Corp. broke ground on a 50-MW utility-scale solar project in Hattiesburg.
  • In March, Mississippi Power, the U.S. Navy and Hannah Solar broke ground on a 3 -W solar project at the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport, Miss.

Like with the Lamar County project, Mississippi Power retains the flexibility to use the energy and RECs from these facilities to serve customers or to offer them to others for the benefit of customers.

The Lamar County solar facility will be on 590 acres and will feature more than 215,000 polycrystalline solar panels. The project will create up to 100 jobs during construction. It is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2017 and will have a 25-year power purchase agreement with Mississippi Power. Throughout the PPA term, the energy generated from this project will provide power at a steady price and will not be subject to price variation.

“This historic state solar facility is a clear indication of the commitment Mississippi Power, the state of Mississippi and Lamar County officials have to their customers, community and the Pine Belt region,” said Chief Executive Officer and President of Origis Energy Guy Vanderhaegen. 

Mississippi Power produces energy for more than 186,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties.

The Origis Energy team has worked to ensure the interests of all stakeholders are upheld in more than 100 projects worldwide totaling 500+ megawatts to date of developed solar capacity.

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