- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2016

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Entergy Mississippi officials have announced the completion of its Brookhaven solar station.

The Daily Leader reports (https://shar.es/1Yv3FB ) 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 help fuel the state’s power gird.

Entergy received permission from the Mississippi Public Service Commission to install three 500,000-watt solar panel farms in the state in December 2014.

Brookhaven was selected as one of the sites where the company will pilot the project. The other locations are Jackson and DeSoto County. The solar panels in Brookhaven and DeSoto County are fixed in place, while the ones in Jackson tilt to follow the sun during the day.

Howard said the state currently gets its energy from natural gas, coal from Arkansas and nuclear power in Port Gibson, but as technology continues to improve and the solar power market continues to increase, the state and Entergy are looking for new ways to generate power.

Each project site will test different methods and provide data for Entergy on how varying conditions and regions affect energy output.

Siton Corporation in Hattiesburg provided solar panels for the $4.5 million project. The three sites combined are expected to provide electricity for about 175 single-family residences.

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Information from: The Daily Leader, http://www.dailyleader.com

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