Silicon Ranch funded the construction and will own and operate the facility for the long-term, an approach it takes with every project it develops. Mississippi Power will receive all the energy and associated renewable energy credits produced at cost-competitive rates over the next 25 years.
*Video courtesy of Mississippi Power Company
*Project aerials are courtesy of Strata Solar, who served as general contractor on the project
On September 15, 2017, Mississippi Power and Silicon Ranch announced that a 50 MW solar generating facility in Hattiesburg officially became operational, providing energy to the Mississippi Power grid. To make the renewable energy project possible, the two companies worked closely with officials from the City of Hattiesburg and Forrest County, as well as the Area Development Partnership.
The facility – which can produce enough energy to supply power to approximately 6,500 homes – features approximately 200,000 panels and is located on 450 acres in south Hattiesburg. At its peak, the project’s construction supported 350 jobs, many of which were filled by local labor and local subcontractors.
“We are pleased to have Silicon Ranch Corporation investing $100 million in Greater Hattiesburg, MS, in a 50 MW solar farm. The Silicon Ranch team is experienced, professional, and personable. Their senior leadership team is very well versed in governmental affairs and economic development; thus, facilitating a project from its initial stages to implementation becomes a smooth process. Our community is eager to see Silicon Ranch’s Hattiesburg Solar Farm commence construction and come to fruition in 2017.”
-Chad Newell, President, Area Development Partnership (MS)
Regenerative Energy® at Hattiesburg
Silicon Ranch is committed to better solar farms and a healthier planet. Through our Regenerative Energy® program, we help communities generate clean solar electricity and healthy soil and food. Regenerative Energy® keeps solar farm land in agricultural production. To deliver Regenerative Energy®, Silicon Ranch partners with regenerative ranchers and local farmers to use holistic agriculture practices on solar farms. These practices remove carbon from the atmosphere, enrich the soil, improve air and water quality, and increase biodiversity. Regenerative Energy® leads to restored natural resources and overall stronger ecosystems while creating additional high value long-term jobs.
The Hattiesburg Solar Farm initiated select Regenerative Energy® practices in 2019 and has already seen positive land regeneration outcomes: more plants per square foot covering more soil, healthier plants, and increased plant and animal biodiversity.