New Projects, Renewables, Solar

Mississippi Power Completes Solar Facility for Navy Base

By Editors of Power Engineering

Mississippi Power, Hannah Solar and the U.S. Navy marked the official commissioning of a 3 MW solar facility at the Naval Construction Battalion Center.

The 15-acre, 13,000-panel facility has been generating energy since April.

“Seeking out alternative energy resources isn’t a fad,” said Rear Admiral Bette Boliver, commander of the Navy Region Southeast. “We aren’t doing it because it is the ‘hip’ thing to do. We are doing it because it is necessary for the future security and resiliency of our Navy.

Mississippi Power and the Navy held a dedication at a 52-MW solar farm in Sumrall last week, and is constructing a 50-MW solar site in Hattiesburg.

The utility has a fourth, 160-MW solar project proposed in Lauderdale County that will support Naval Air Station Meridian if approved by the Mississippi Public Service Commission.