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Silicon Ranch breaks ground on 50-MW solar farm in Mississippi

Silicon RanchCorp. has broken ground on its 50-MW, $100 million solar farm inForrest County, Miss.

Strata Solarwill build the facility, which is expected to be completed by early 2017,according to an April 27 news release. Upon completion, the project will sellits output to Southern Co.subsidiary Mississippi Power Co.at cost-competitive rates over the next 25 years. Mississippi Power will alsoreceive all associated renewable energy credits.

"This is the second of three major solar projects thathave been approved bythe Public Service Commission, demonstrating Mississippi Power's continuingcommitment to cost-effective solar development," Mississippi PowerPresident and CEO Anthony Wilson said.