On Friday, September 21, officials cut the ribbon for the opening of the Hattiesburg Solar Farm, the second solar farm in the Pine Belt. Rowan Elementary School students joined city, county, and state officials alongside the Silicon Ranch Corporation President and CEO Matt Kisber and Anthony L. Wilson, chairman, president and CEO of Mississippi Power, to open the new 450 acre facility located between Bonhomie Road and U.S. Hwy. 49 in south Hattiesburg. Silicon Ranch provided $100 million for the project and will own and operate the new solar farm.
The acreage is made of 198,548 fixed-tilt polycrystalline solar panels mounted to tables. The site produces 50 megawatts of energy, which is enough renewable energy to power electricity for 6,500 homes or 14,000 vehicles. The green energy will reduce emissions equivalent to nearly eight million gallons of gasoline. Mississippi Power has a contract with Silicon Ranch and plans buy the electricity for the next 25 years. “Should the project underperform for any reason, we will take immediate corrective measures through our network of service personnel who are located regionally to support our Mississippi portfolio.” This proves the high commitment this organization has toward clean energy.