Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Presley Orders Construction of Chickasaw County Solar Facilities

HOUSTON, MISSISSIPPI (August 17, 2015) – Today, Public
Service Commissioner Brandon Presley signed an order approving construction of two new solar facilities in Chickasaw County which together will produce 4.9 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 Chickasaw Solar, LLC, and SR Houston, LLC, respectively. The investment, totaling nearly eleven million dollars, will produce enough energy to serve 552 homes in the area. Presley signed the orders at a press conference today immediately following a public comment hearing about the facility.

“Yet again, momentous progress is being made in Mississippi in the quest to harness the power of the sun. Mississippi certainly has no shortage of sunshine, and every solar panel we put up pulls us that much further from the grip of foreign nations who hate our guts. So, I am very grateful for the investments that have been made in Mississippi to make us more energy independent,” 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. Those projects are located throughout the state, including sites in Okolona, Brookhaven, Jackson, and Senatobia. Further, Presley approved solar facilities in Lowndes County in recent months which are similar to those approved today.

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