Large-scale solar farm developer Strata Solars plans to develop the largest solar park in Mississippi have been approved by the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC).
The proposed 50 MW solar farm will be developed in collaboration with energy company Mississippi Power, which will make them the largest provider of renewable power in the state, and the 450-acre solar farm the biggest of its kind in Mississippi.
The project will be located at Hattiesburg-Forrest County Industrial Park and will generate enough clean solar energy to power 7,800 local households. Mississippi Power will receive all of the energy generated at the plant, as well as all associated renewable energy credits (REC).
Financing will be handled by Strata Solar, and construction is scheduled to begin in the beginning of next year. For Mississippi Power, the solar plant will augment its offering to its customers, with the RECs being used to keep rates lower than they normally would be for many consumers.
"Working with utilities to competitively and substantively diversify their power generation is a big part of our passion for this industry," said Strata Solar CEO Markus Wilhelm.
The approval of the project follows barely a week after a series of additional projects in the U.S. south were given the green light. Cumulatively, including Strata’s 50 MW solar farm, the two states are set to add a total of 105 MW of new solar PV capacity over the coming few months.