HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Solar farms are being built at an increasing rate all over our country, and are starting to pop up in the Magnolia State. An effort is currently underway to bring acres of the energy generating panels to Hancock County.
In addition to generating energy, the development would also be generating funds for the Hancock County School District.
"Of course, the past eight or nine years with the cuts in the education budget, this would be a good way to recoup some of that money that we've been cut," said Hancock County school superintendent, Alan Dedeaux.
The way it would work is that the company in talks with the district, Renewable Energy Systems, would lease several hundred acres of 16th section land from the district. According to Dedeaux, the connection to the school may have had something to do with the company's decision.
"I think because of it being 16th section property - money going back to children, going back to the students - I think that raised their interest some," said Dedeaux.
Once the solar panels are operational, the company could then sell clean energy to power companies on the Coast. Dedeaux is excited about the prospects not just because of a new revenue source for the school district, but also because of the education potential.
"I think this would help....generate a lot of interest from our students. It's really a win win for our students and our community," said Dedeaux.
According to Dedeaux, a solar farm is in the extremely early stages of discussion.