Thursday, July 9, 2015

Presley Approves Two Lowndes County Solar Facilities

COLUMBUS, MISSISSIPPI (July 9, 2015) – Today, Public
Service Commissioner Brandon Presley approved construction of two new solar facilities in Lowndes County which together will produce 1.6 megawatts of electricity and expand the footprint of solar power production in the Mississippi. The construction, operation and maintenance of the two facilities will be furnished by Silicon Ranch Investments, Inc. and SR Walker East, LLC, respectively. The investment, totaling almost three million dollars will produce enough energy to serve 200 homes in the area. The two facilities will be located near the Golden Triangle Industrial Park and the Golden Triangle Regional Airport. Presley signed the orders approving construction of the facilities at the press conference today. The event was attended by local officials, TVA, 4-County Electric, Lowndes County Industrial Development Authority, Golden Triangle Development, and investing companies.

"The momentum is really picking up in Mississippi on solar power.
We are practical people here, and when we can take advantage of something as natural as sunlight to power our lives, we will do everything we can to make it happen. I am very grateful for the solar investments made in Lowndes County, and hope Mississippi can give new meaning to the phrase, ‘burning daylight’,” Presley said.

Presley and the Commission have approved several solar farms across the state this year from both regulated utilities, such as Entergy, and from independent power producers. The projects are located throughout the state, including sites in Okolona, Brookhaven, Jackson, and Senatobia.

Unlike fossil fuel plants, the solar electricity generated by the facility will produce electricity without greenhouse gas emissions or other dangerous air pollutants.

For more information regarding solar power contact the Public Service Commission at 1-800-356-6428 or online at www.