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Saturday May 25th, 2019 5:25PM

Mississippi Power to buy $100M solar facility's electricity

By The Associated Press

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Regulators are approving plans for Mississippi Power Co. to buy electricity from a solar facility to be built in eastern Mississippi.

The Mississippi Public Service Commission on Thursday voted for the $100 million solar farm to be built in Lauderdale County by Silicon Ranch of Nashville, Tennessee.

A unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., Mississippi Power will buy all the power from the facility for 25 years. The 570,000 solar panels will be able to supply 53 megawatts of electricity at peak, enough to power about 8,000 homes. Operation is projected to start by December 2019.

Mississippi Power says its 160 megawatt solar capacity will be the largest of any Mississippi utility. Other facilities are in Sumrall, Hattiesburg, at Naval Air Station Meridian and Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport.

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