Mississippi Power breaks ground on Seabee Base solar facility
Mississippi Power, Hannah Solar and the U.S. Navy are partnering on a 23-acre, 3-4 megawatt solar project at The Naval Construction Battalion Center (Seabee Base) in Gulfport, according to a press release.
The facility will have roughly 13,000 panels, providing enough electricity to supply the equivalent of 450 homes.
"Renewable energy is important to a well-balanced energy portfolio," Mississippi Power President and CEO Anthony Wilson said. "This is one of three utility-scale solar projects that have been approved by the Mississippi Public Service Commission, making our company the state's largest partner in renewable energy.”
In addition to the Seabee Base project, Mississippi Power and Silicon Ranch Solar are partnering on a 450-acre, 50 megawatt electric solar generating station in Hattiesburg. The company is also partnering with Origis Energy on a 52 megawatt utility-scale solar energy project in Sumrall.
Combined at 105 megawatt, these projects will make Mississippi Power the largest partner in renewable energy in the state.
The developers of the solar energy projects will finance each installation with Mississippi Power receiving all of the energy and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the projects. The energy and RECs may be used to serve customers with renewable energy, for future renewable energy programs or to sell at wholesale to third parties. The power will be purchased through long-term power purchase agreements with the developers.
As an intermittent energy resource, the solar facilities will not replace Mississippi Power's generating plants, but will have the capability to provide energy that will help diversify the company's generation portfolio and help keep rates affordable for customers.
Construction on all three projects is slated to begin later this year.
Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co., produces safe, reliable and environmentally responsible energy for more than 186,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties.
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