Mississippi Power plans utility-scale solar power projects

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Mississippi Power is partnering with two solar businesses and the U.S. Navy to build utility-scale solar power generating farms at two different locations in the company's service territory. With a combined total of about 53 MW, together these projects would represent the largest solar installations in Mississippi.

Mississippi Power will receive all of the energy and associated renewable energy credits generated by the projects, which it may use to serve its customers with renewable energy, use for future renewable energy programs, or sell at wholesale to third parties.

Mississippi Power and Strata Solar, a turnkey solar provider, are working to develop a 50 MW solar project located on 450 acres at Hattiesburg-Forrest County Industrial Park located near Hattiesburg.

In addition to the Strata solar project, Mississippi Power also is partnering with the U.S. Navy and Hannah Solar at the Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport on a 23-acre, 3-4 MW facility. The project is part of the Navy's efforts to meet the Secretary of the Navy's goal to produce or procure 1 GW of renewable energy.

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.

If approved by the PSC, the projects could be in service by the end of 2016.

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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