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Forrest Co. supervisors approve tax abatement for solar farm

HATTIESBURG — A proposed solar farm has taken the next step in coming to Hattiesburg.

During Monday’s meeting of the Forrest County Board of Supervisors, board members met with officials from the Area Development Partnership and Strata Solar, LLC, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and accepted the tax abatement agreement for Strata’s upcoming solar farm.

The Hattiesburg American reports the agreement will grant a 10-year statutory tax exemption for the project.

Work on the 50-megawatt solar energy farm, which will sell the electricity produced to Mississippi Power Co., is expected to start in February, and the facility should be in operation before the end of 2016.

The 460-acre project represents a $90 million investment and is expected to create approximately 400 construction jobs in Greater Hattiesburg in 2016.

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