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Seraphim, city mum on status of Jackson solar panel plant

The 80,000-square-foot former warehouse has been converted into a facility to manufacture solar panels. ... Photo by Jack Weatherly

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

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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

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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

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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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