Recently Mississippi Power, Origis Energy and the Area Development Partnership (ADP) held a ceremony to celebrate what will be the state’s largest solar facility, the 52 megawatt (MW) Lamar County solar farm. Once completed it will provide enough electricity to power approximately 8,000 homes in the region.
Mississippi and much of the south has been much slower than other parts of the country to adopt solar power. But this and recent developments in the state and region show that it might be ready for change. For instance, in April, Mississippi Power and Silicon Ranch Corporation formed a partnership to break ground on a 50 MW utility-scale solar project in nearby Hattiesburg. Likewise in March Mississippi Power, the U.S. Navy and Hannah Solar, began installing a 3 MW solar farm on the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport.
The new $100 million facility will create up to 100 jobs during construction, which the non-profit ADP supports in its effort to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Greater Hattiesburg through community and economic development. "This solar project is a great fit for Lamar County and the tax revenue from the project will greatly benefit the county and the local school system. We appreciate Origis Energy's investment here in this great county and we look forward to partnering with them for many years on the largest solar installation in the state of Mississippi," according to Dale Lucus, Lamar County supervisor.
Origis Energy will provide electricity under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Mississippi Power, who will receive all energy and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the facility. The PPA will provide pricing stability that can’t be matched by electricity from other sources like coal or gas, the prices of which fluctuate regularly.Tweet