Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), is partnering with two solar businesses and the U.S. Navy to build utility-scale solar power farms at two locations. With a combined total of approximately 53-MW, the projects represent the largest solar installations in Mississippi.
Mississippi Power and Strata Solar will develop a 50-MW solar project on 450 acres in Hattiesburg-Forrest County Industrial Park, located near Hattiesburg.
Additionally, the utility is partnering with the U.S. Navy and Hannah Solar at the Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport on a 23-acre, 3/4-MW facility. The project will help the Navy meet the Secretary of the Navy's goal to produce or procure one gigawatt of renewable energy.
If approved by the Public Service Commission, the projects could reach operations by the end of 2016.
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