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North Mississippi PSC approves states’ largest solar farm and battery project

05/03/2021

North Mississippi PSC approves states’ largest solar farm and battery project

Golden Triangle, Mississippi – Today, Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley, Origis Energy and Golden Triangle community officials gathered to announce the approval of Mississippi’s largest solar farm and battery storage project. Held at the Communiversity at East Mississippi Community College, Commissioner Presley signed Origis’ Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to allow forward movement on the Lowndes County solar project.

“I would like to express my utmost gratitude for the local support of the LINK and local governments have shown us as we have worked these projects,” said Johan Vanhee, Chief Commercial Officer & Chief Procurement Officer with Origis Energy. “The development cycle is going well, and we’re excited to be moving forward in the Golden Triangle.”

This project by Origis Energy will be located on approximately 3,900 acres of land in Lowndes County with an output of 200 megawatts. The project will also include a 50-megawatt battery storage facility to store electricity for peak usage, making it the largest battery storage in the state.

“This project sends a signal to the world that Mississippi is dedicated to smart renewable energy expansion and energy independence. The investment by Origis is an economic development boom for the Golden Triangle and for the development of Mississippi’s resources. With the addition of battery storage, this project will provide new technology, weatherization and harness Mississippi’s solar energy in a way unseen until now,” said Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley.

Prior to the signing event, company representatives joined the Golden Triangle Development LINK at a Lowndes County Board of Supervisor’s meeting to approve incentives for the project that includes private investment by Origis Energy of $200 million and 5 to 7 permanent jobs.

“Today we took two steps toward making this project reality, the passing of incentives at the Lowndes County Supervisors’ meeting and Commissioner Presley signing Origis’ Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity,” said Joe Max Higgins, CEO of the Golden Triangle Development LINK. “This project provides another source of renewable power for TVA and much needed injection of taxes for Lowndes County and the Lowndes County School District.”

 

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About the GTR LINK:

The Golden Triangle Development LINK is the nationally-recognized, regional economic development organization for Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties. Located in northeast Mississippi, the GTR LINK’s current record of investment totals $8 billion and nearly 7,500 jobs.



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