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PSC approves 3 MS Power solar projects

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Mississippi Power is teaming up with three solar energy companies and the U.S. Navy to construct three utility-scale solar electric generating farms to serve its customers. The Mississippi Public Service Commission approved the installations Tuesday, making Mississippi Power the largest partner in renewable energy in the state.

“We’re delighted with the cooperative spirit in which the project came together,” said Pete Marte, Hannah Solar CEO. “Mississippi Power, Southern Company, the U.S. Navy and Hannah Solar have created a first-class project for all parties and the people of Mississippi.”   

The three project locations include a 50-MW electric solar generating station in Hattiesburg, a 52-MW station in Sumrall and a 34-MW station at the Seabee Base in Gulfport. Construction on the projects is expected to begin early next year.

According to Mississippi Power, these three sites will be able to produce enough electricity to power 15,500 homes annually.

Strata Solar, Origis Energy and the U.S. Navy will fund the projects, and Mississippi Power will receive all of the energy and renewable energy credits generated by the facilities. The energy and RECs will be used to serve customers with renewable energy or sold wholesale to third parties.

Mississippi Power said the solar generating facilities will not replace current power plants, but they will diversify the company’s portfolio and help keep rates affordable for customers.

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