New Projects, Renewables, Solar

Mississippi Power Breaks Ground on Seabee Base Solar Project

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

Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), has broken ground on one of three new solar projects.

The utility has partnered with Hannah Solar and the U.S. Navy on a 23-acre, 3- to 4-MW solar project at the Naval Construction Battalion Center (Seabee Base) in Gulfport.  About 13,000 solar panels will provide enough electricity to power the equivalent of 450 homes.

Mississippi Power has also partnered with Silicon Ranch Solar on a 450-acre, 50-MW solar generating station in Hattiesburg and Origis Energy on a 52-MW utility-scale solar project in Sumrall.

The projects’ developers will finance each installation, while Mississippi Power receives all energy and associated renewable energy credits (RECs), which may be used to serve customers, for future renewable energy programs or to sell at wholesale to third parties.

The power from the projects is being purchased through long-term power purchase agreements with the developers.

Construction on all three projects is expected to begin later this year.