The Public Service Commission unanimously approved on Tuesday three solar power projects that will produce just over 105 megawatts of electricity for customers of Mississippi Power Co.
Mississippi Power ratepayers will not bear any costs in the construction of the plants, which will be located in Hattiesburg, Sumrall, and Gulfport. Mississippi Power expects the plants to ultimately help keep customer rates lower, the PSC said in a release.
Hattiesburg Farm LLC will invest $85 million for 450 acres near the Hattiesburg-Forrest County Industrial Park off of Highway 98. Mississippi Solar 2 LLC will construct its $102 million project on 4,085 acres in Sumrall. CB Energy, LLC will spend $6.4 million on its project at the U.S. Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport.
The electricity generated from all three solar farms will be used to serve Mississippi Power customers for at least the next 25 years.
“We are watching low cost solar power go from a hope for the future to a current reality,” Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley said in the release.