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Report: Stion to shut down plant in Hattiesburg

By JACK WEATHERLY Stion Corp., the solar panel maker in Hattiesburg, will shut down, according to Greentech Media. The San Jose, Calif.-based company’s Hattiesburg facility has been operating since 2012, said in a letter Monday that it would “discontinue operations,” according to the industry publication. Stion was one of five alternative-energy projects begun during the administration of Gov. Haley Barbour between ...

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Mississippi ranks 9th in solar growth in second quarter

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi ranked ninth in the country in solar power growth in the second quarter by adding 92.9 megawatts, thanks largely to projects brought online by utilities. The U.S. industry installed 2,387 megawatts of solar facilities for the quarter, a record increase of 8 percent over the year-earlier quarter, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “This ...

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Mississippi’s largest solar facility begins generating power

Mississippi’s largest solar power installation is now making electricity. Mississippi Power Co. is contracted to buy electricity for 25 years from the $100 million Lamar County facility, owned by D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments. Leaders of D.E. Shaw and Mississippi Power, as well as former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, gathered Friday to dedicate the 600-acre facility, which began sending electricity to ...

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Stay issued in Aberdeen solar lawsuit

A civil case over a planned solar plant to be built on the north end of Aberdeen has been postponed. Circuit Court Judge Jim Pounds stayed the case for 30 days to give National Energy Partners time to secure new attorneys. NEP sued the city for breach of contract in April. A hearing was scheduled Monday but NEP’s three attorneys ...

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Seraphim, city mum on status of Jackson solar panel plant

By JACK WEATHERLY Seraphim Solar USA Manufacturing has been busy marketing in overseas trade shows the product to be made in Jackson It announced in September that the start of production in its $50 million west Jackson plant at 3111 Lawson St. would be last November. The company sent out a news release with a Jackson dateline and date of March ...

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Tennessee Valley Authority approves solar power proposals

Tennessee Valley Authority approves solar power proposals KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority has approved proposals for new solar power installations by four local power companies in three states. Once completed, the projects will produce 16.7 megawatts of solar energy, enough to power more than 1,300 homes. TVA is awarding the solar capacity to the Chickasaw Electric Cooperative in ...

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Entergy officials say Brookhaven solar station complete

BROOKHAVEN — Entergy Mississippi officials have announced the completion of its Brookhaven solar station. The Daily Leader reports Entergy Customer Accounts Manager Bill Howard recently said that the Bright Future Solar Project Brookhaven station was complete and online and producing electricity. A dedication ceremony will be held April 14. The station will be used to harness the sun’s energy to ...

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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 ...

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Update: Five years in the making: PSC adopts net-metering rule

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Public Service Commission took its time – five years – to develop and adopt a rule for “net metering,” which will allow homeowners and businesses to produce their own power and sell it to electric utilities. The agency established a docket in 2010, commissioned an independent study and filed it in September of 2014, on ...

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Hattiesburg council considers code changes for solar farm

HATTIESBURG — Decisions by the Hattiesburg City Council could mean a multimillion-dollar economic development impact over the next few years. The Hattiesburg American reports the council is being asked to not only approve the parameters that would create a planned solar farm, but also for any similar “green energy” projects in the future. Council also is also being asked to ...

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