Mississippi Power and Origis Energy break ground on state’s largest solar plant, create 100 jobs
GULFPORT, Miss. — Mississippi Power and Origis Energy, along with officials from the Area Development Partnership and Lamar County, recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for what will be the state’s largest solar facility.
When operational, the $100-million facility will generate 52 MW, enough electricity to power approximately 8,000 homes. Mississippi Power will receive all energy and associated renewable energy credits produced by the facility, which it may use to serve customers with solar energy or sell to third parties for the benefit of customers.
“This is an exciting day for all of Mississippi,” said Mississippi Power President and CEO Anthony L. Wilson. “By working with Origis Energy and the Area Development Partnership, we will have nearly doubled the amount of electricity generated by renewable energy going to the Mississippi Power grid.”
The Lamar County solar facility will be on 590 acres and will feature more than 215,000 polycrystalline solar panels. The project will create up to 100 jobs during construction. It is scheduled to be completed first quarter of 2017 and will have a 25-year power purchase agreement with Mississippi Power. Throughout the PPA term, the energy generated from this project will provide power at a steady price and will not be subject to price variation seen with other fuel sources. Check for Origis jobs here, and Mississippi Power jobs here.
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