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Hub City residents meet with energy company about proposed solar farm

Blair Schooff, senior vice-president of development and utility relations for Strata Solar, LLC, speaks about a proposed solar energy farm in Hattiesburg Tuesday night. Blair Schooff, senior vice-president of development and utility relations for Strata Solar, LLC, speaks about a proposed solar energy farm in Hattiesburg Tuesday night.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Hub City residents have met with a North Carolina-based energy company that wants to build a large, solar energy farm near Bonhomie Road in Hattiesburg. 

Mississippi Power would partner with that company, called Strata Solar, LLC. 

The company hosted a public meeting at the Family-Y Tuesday night to talk about the farm, which would be 460 acres.    

It would generate enough power for 7,500 homes over a 25-year period. 

The company has already built similar farms in ten states.  This would be its first in Mississippi. 

"This would put green energy on the grid here in greater Hattiesburg, so that's an exciting proposition," said Chad Newell, president of the Area Development Partnership. "It would generate several hundred thousand dollars per year for Forrest County Schools."    

"It's a wonderful town, Hattiesburg and it's a place you'd want to come and do business," said Blair Schooff, senior vice-president of development and utility relations for Strata Solar, LLC. "And I think a solar farm like this could go a long way for Hattiesburg to attract new business."       

"It still has some hurdles to go," said David Hogan, president of the Forrest County Board of Supervisors. "The Planning Commission for (Hattiesburg) has to approve either an exemption or rezone, the Public Service Commission has to vote to approve it (and) my Board has to grant the ten-year tax exemption for the county." 

Another meeting on the project will be held Thursday night at Burkett's Creek West residential development. 

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