Project Details

Project Overview

  • Commercial Solar Facility
  • Location

  • Houston, MS
  • Project Type

  • Operating Business - Rural
  • Job Creation

  • 35 construction jobs
  • Silicon Ranch Houston


    The Story

    Silicon Ranch purchased a site in Houston, MS for construction of the largest commercial scale solar facility in the state of Mississippi with 3.9MW generating capacity.

    The facility secured power production agreements with Natchez Trace EPA and TVA for the purpose of supporting local industry and manufacturers with inexpensive, reliable alternative energy that will be priced 8.3 cents per Kwh lower than the current commercial/residential utility rates.    Construction of this commercial scale solar generation facility and the resulting clean, renewable energy it produces has further enhanced economic development and prosperity to consumers in the region.

    According to Houston, MS (pop. 3,623) Mayor Stacey Parker, the project has increased visibility and industrial recruitment for the city and region (North Mississippi and Chickasaw County) and compliments TVA’s effort to provide competitive, low-cost, reliable electricity to the area’s industrial manufacturing customers.  Chickasaw County is home to the third largest furniture manufacturer and one of the largest privately owned furniture companies in the United States. In northeast Mississippi, Chickasaw County ranks third in the state for manufacturing facilities.

    The construction phase created 35 jobs with over $2M in labor costs.   In addition, all of the solar panels are purchased from Stion in Hattiesburg, MS, fostering economic and job creation support for one of the few manufacturers of solar equipment in the state.

     

    The Financing

    • Total Project Cost: $9.1 million
    • MuniStrategies Allocation: $6.5 million

     

    The Impacts

    • Economic: The financial impact of property taxes plus tax revenue from generation should create over $1 million of net impact to local governments over the life of the investment. Additionally, lower cost energy sold via PPAs at 8.3 cents/KwH less than current residential/commercial rates will save business and consumers in the area millions in energy costs.
    • Jobs: This plant is highly automated and will result in 35 jobs created during the construction.  More importantly, this adds to a Solar Value Chain in Mississippi as further evidenced by the purchase of Stion solar panels manufactured in Hattiesburg, MS, a state that has had minimal solar clean energy investment.
    • Community: Houston High is a 14-time national champion solar car racing team.  The CBA commitment outlined below will partially support this fantastic team as well.
    • Workforce Development: Pursuant to commitments in the MuniStrategies Community Benefits Agreement, the project has pledged $20,000 a year in training support to Mississippi State University and Houston High School to further a Solar Value Chain of local renewable capacity in engineering, manufacturing, installation and operation of sites in Mississippi.

    In the News

    Solar farm shines in Houston

    “We hired approximately 75 people, many of them locally, to construct this facility, we acquired our our solar panels from Stion in Hattiesburg and arranged our financing through MuniStategies and First Commercial Bank,” said Matt Kisber, President and CEO of Silicon Ranch. “I would like to point out we have built many of these facilities across Mississippi and the United States, and more are planned, but this is the first facility where the financing and components were sourced solely from Mississippi companies.”

    Here comes the sun power

    Video: 10 million solar farm almost ready to capture energy in local county

    Solar power celebrated in Chickasaw County

    Groundbreaking info

    Solar farms make progress in Chickasaw County

     

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