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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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Solar energy company moves offices to Coast

GULFPORT — Solar America Corp. completed the relocation of its corporate offices to Gulfport. The company said while the move to Gulfport places the corporate office closer in proximity to the company’s Solar N Stuff retail operation in Covington, La., the principal driver of the relocation was to take advantage of forthcoming state tax credits for solar installations that could ...

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Silicor misses another incentive deadline with county

COLUMBUS — Solar silicon maker Silicor Materials has missed another deadline. The company failed to put up $150,000 in escrow money to show good faith and seal a deal that would have meant hundreds of new jobs to Lowndes County. The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors in December agreed to extend the start date for Silicor to June 30, 2013. ...

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Report: Investment of $227M has netted less than 500 jobs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi has disbursed nearly $227 million in aid to six alternative energy companies since 2010, but so far has fewer than 500 jobs to show for it. Research by The Associated Press finds the state has put in most of its total commitment, mainly in loans, to help some companies get off the ground. But the companies ...

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Bryant steering away from startups like failed Twin Creeks

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant says he’d prefer that the state not invest in startup companies like failed solar equipment firm Twin Creeks. The Republican says he’s steering the Mississippi Development Authority away from loaning or giving money to such companies. “I do not have a preference for startup companies,” Bryant told The Associated Press. “I am conservative because of ...

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Twin Creeks Technologies goes under, owes Mississippi $26 million

In Nov. of 2011 the Mississippi Business Journal reported Twin Creeks Technologies’ new 88,000-square-foot factory, funded with $26 million in state dollars, sat in Senatobia with very little going on. Twin Creeks spokesperson Tarpan Dixit said, at the time, the plant was not in commercial production but in “validation mode” and waiting for certification — but that was not the message ...

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