Southern Pine Electric completes solar site

Southern Pine Electric completes solar site

Taylorsville, MS (WDAM) - Southern Pine Electric is now generating electricity using solar energy as a part of a pilot project on its new campus in Taylorsville.

"It's a 100 KW site. And we did this based on interviews that resulted in interest from the members for us to participate in solar power energy," Southern Pine Assistant General Manager Jason Siegfried said.

The power generation facility is one of five sites taking part in a South Mississippi Electric pilot project. The site has enough power to generate about 14 homes.

"I think the interest is that you need diversity and the resources that you draw on for energy. Diversity inherently builds strength," Siegfried said.

He said using alternative energy helps the company meet requirements to reduce its carbon foot print.  :

"It goes back to the cooperative principle of concern for community," Siegfried said. "We really do try to enhance the quality of life in the communities that we serve."

He said the company is excited to see if Taylorsville is a good location for larger installations in the future.

"We're looking forward to learning more about the technology; we're looking forward to learning more about the production and the efficiency and how all that stacks up and whether or not it's a smart investment for our members," he said.

The facility contains 378 solar panels that will convert energy from the sun into electricity.