Mississippi Power to increase solar capacity

 Mississippi Power to increase solar capacity

Mississippi Power, a Southern Company (NYSE: SO) subsidiary, has secured a contract with Origis Energy to develop a 52-MW solar project in Sumrall, Mississippi, pending approval by the Mississippi Public Service Commission.

"Adding a third renewable project continues the company's commitment to having a diverse generation portfolio to help keep rates affordable for our customers,” said Ed Holland, president and chief executive officer (CEO) for Mississippi Power. "This cost-effective, utility-scale solar energy project once again places the company at the forefront of the state's energy economy."

Previously, the two solar companies, and the U.S. Navy, announced plans to build two utility-scale solar projects, with a combined generating output of 105-MW.

If approved by the Mississippi Public Service Commission, the projects could be in service near the end of 2016.

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