HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Mississippi Power Company is taking it’s customers into the renewable energy realm.
The company plans to build a solar power plant on 450 acres of land in Hattiesburg-Forrest County Industrial park.
According to company leaders, it’s a first for the state.
“There are other energy companies that are doing similar projects, but to my knowledge none of this magnitude,” said Toni Smith, an air quality manager for the company.
Smith says they chose Hattiesburg because meteorological data strongly suggests it’s optimum for solar energy.
The solar plant in Hattiesburg will generate 50 megawatts of energy. Combined with two other future plants in Sumrall and Biloxi, Mississippi Power could support nearly 7,800 homes with renewable energy.
“Customers will benefit from the lower price of this energy through our fuel clause. Mississippi Power and thus Mississippi Power’s customers will receive all of the renewable energy credits or environmental attributes of this energy,” said Smith.
“As we try to recruit high tech companies to our community, it’s nice to be able to say that we have green energy on the grid,” said Chad Newell with the Area Development Partnership.
The company is now waiting for the plan to be approved by the Public Service Commission.
If things go their way, the solar power plant could be ready as soon as the end of 2016.