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MS POWER SEEKS APPROVAL TO BUILD SOLAR AND BATTERY FACILITY IN WALNUT GROVE

10/2/2020

MISSISSIPPI POWER COMPANY SEEKS TO BUILD $ 7.8 MILLION SOLAR FACILITY WITH BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE IN WALNUT GROVE
On Friday, Mississippi Power Company (
Mississippi Power
) filed with the Mississippi Public Service Commission seeking approval to construct and operate a new solar electric generating facility and battery energy storage system in Walnut Grove.
The small utility scale solar facility will produce 1.28 megawatts of clean, carbon free solar energy for Mississippi Power’s customers. The facility will also have battery storage capacity of 5.14 megawatt hours of electricity for those same customers and could support a future micro electric grid for the Walnut Grove area which would isolate the Town from outages on the larger grid.
The project represents a total investment of $7.8 million in Walnut Grove and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021.
The project also represents Mississippi Power’s first ever stand-alone solar development and construction project, which will supplement several other solar energy purchases already being utilized by Mississippi Power customers totaling over 155 megawatts.
It will also provide a valuable demonstration of combined solar generation and battery storage, which advances this important technology for Mississippi and the region. The project is supported by the Electric Power Research Institute, the nation’s leading institute for electric energy research and development.
“PSC Central District Commissioner Brent Bailey (
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) expressed great enthusiasm about the project in his district and home county when I talked with him today. He has been a long-time advocate for the use of renewable energy” said Walnut Grove Mayor Brian Gomillion .
Mayor Gomillion is one of 300 US Mayors (3 in Mississippi) who in 2018 joined
Environment America
’s Mayors for Solar Energy project helping city leaders take concrete steps toward this brighter, healthier future by building a broad, bipartisan community of mayors supporting tapping into the fuel source of the sun.
“In 2014, Walnut Grove became Mississippi Power’s first city to covert to all LED street lights. We stand ready to continue our decades long partnership with our electric service provider and economic development partner, Mississippi Power Company, in the continued deployment of new technology. We look forward to this project becoming reality late next year.” Gomillion said.