State Regulators OK 3 New Mississippi Power Utility-Scale Solar Projects

 State Regulators OK 3 New Mississippi Power Utility-Scale Solar Projects

The Mississippi Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved three new utility-scale solar projects for Mississippi Power.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2016 on a 50-MW solar station in Hattiesburg, a 52-MW station in Sumrall and a 34-MW station at the Seabee Base in Gulfport.  The projects are being funded by Strata Solar, Origis Energy and the U.S. Navy, respectively.

The three sites are expected to produce enough electricity to power 15,500 homes a year.

Mississippi Power says the projects won’t replace existing plants but diversifies the utility’s portfolio and keeps their rates competitive.

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