- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2016

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Officials have broken ground on a new solar energy facility in Hattiesburg.

Mississippi Power Co. and Silicon Ranch Corp. are partnering to build the $100 million, 50 megawatt solar farm, which is expected to generate enough electricity to supply power to about 6,500 homes.

The groundbreaking was held indoors Wednesday at Lake Terrace Convention Center.

Silicon Ranch President and CEO Matt Kisber tells The Hattiesburg American (https://hatne.ws/1XWR3Ur) the project, which will be located near Timberton, is expected to generate around 400 jobs during construction. It will sit on approximately 450 acres and feature more than 600,000 solar panels that will produce more than 100 million kilowatt-hours annually.

Silicon Ranch will fund, own and operate the facility. Mississippi Power will receive all the electricity from the solar farm for the next 25 years.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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