Southern Planning to Build Third Solar Project in Mississippi

Southern Co., owner of Georgia’s largest utility, agreed to build a 52-megawatt solar plant in Mississippi with Origis Energy, its third in the state.

Southern’s Mississippi unit will receive the electricity and renewable-energy credits from the solar farm in Sumrall, Atlanta-based Southern said in a statement Monday. Terms weren’t disclosed.

The project will give Southern’s Mississippi Power unit more than 100 megawatts of solar capacity, after announcing April 23 plans for two power plants with a total of 53 megawatts of capacity.

The Mississippi Public Service Commission must approve the plants, which may be operational by the end of next year.

“Adding a third renewable project continues the company’s commitment to having a diverse generation portfolio,” Mississippi Power Chief Executive Officer Ed Holland said in the statement.

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