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Forrest Co. supervisors approve tax abatement for solar farm

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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

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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

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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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Caution urged in developing ‘rooftop solar’ rules

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By JACK WEATHERLY  No one has spoken out officially against allowing “rooftop” solar production of electricity in exchange for credit on utility bills in Mississippi. But a number have urged the Public Service Commission to use caution in adopting rules for so-called net metering, which would regulate home generation. For that reason the commission decided at an Oct. 6 hearing ...

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Solar panel maker says it will start Jackson operation in November

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Seraphim Solar Manufacturing USA has announced that it will conduct a trial operation of a $50 million solar-panel plant in Jackson and then begin “formal operation” in November. It made no mention in its release on Friday that Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber had announced in July that the city is “partnering’ with the Chinese company. City spokeswoman ...

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South Miss. Electric pursues solar project pact

MBJ staff  South Mississippi Electric announced Thursday intent to reach an agreement with Origis Energy USA, to generate electricity at a 52-megawatt solar energy facility near Sumrall in Lamar County. The parties have signed a letter of intent to proceed toward an agreement for Origis to design, develop, install and operate the electric generation site, and South Mississippi Electric will purchase ...

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Seraphim Solar to build manufacturing facility in Jackson; says will create up to 250 jobs

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Chinese solar panel maker Seraphim Solar announced Wednesday that it will invest $50 million to open its first U.S. factory in Jackson. The company said it will hire 250 workers over its first five years to assemble solar modules. City spokeswoman Shelia Byrd said the city is in final negotiations on incentives, but said she didn’t know when an agreement ...

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Mississippi Power announces solar projects

MBJ staff Mississippi Power plans to become the second major utility in the state to announce a solar project of limited scope, it said in a news release. It is partnering with two solar businesses and the U.S. Navy to build two generating farms to produce approximately 53 megawatts,  enough  to power 7,800 homes, according to the utility’s Friday release. ...

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Regulators seek comment on rule to aid solar development

JACKSON — Though Mississippi has lagged in its use of solar energy, it may be starting to catch up. Tuesday, the state Public Service Commission voted to seek comments on a proposed rule that would mandate that utilities pay solar panel owners for power they generate. Also Tuesday, Entergy Mississippi held a groundbreaking for a commercial solar facility adjacent to ...

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Hattiesburg group has doubts about future of solar roads, highways

SPOKANE, Washington — The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren’t meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear that comes from inclement weather and vehicles, big and small, to generate electricity. “We need to rebuild ...

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