Origis Energy USA and Cooperative Energy, a Mississippi-based generation and transmission cooperative, have broken ground on a 52 MW project near Sumrall in Lamar County, Miss.
The project is expected to create approximately 400 jobs during construction, and the 540-acre solar site will include 206,892 photovoltaic solar panels when completed in December.
Origis Energy has developed and will install and operate the facility, and Cooperative Energy will buy all of the output to provide clean energy to the co-op’s 423,000 members across Mississippi.
“Our members have told us they want more renewable energy in our portfolio,” says Jim Compton, Cooperative Energy’s president and CEO. “The project provides a significant amount of solar energy to power the homes and businesses we serve. So, we are responding to our members and also providing clean, affordable energy.”
“We are honored to be working with Cooperative Energy as they power more homes and businesses with solar every year,” adds Johan Vanhee, managing director of business development for Origis Energy. “These utility and community leaders understand that solar provides clean, affordable power while creating jobs, economic and environmental benefits.”
Cooperative Energy began its venture into solar generation sites in 2016 with the installation of five smaller solar installations (100 kW or less) at five member locations across the state.