Lowndes County solar farms powering homes

Published January 14, 2016

WTVA – January 14, 2016

The two solar farms built in Lowndes County last fall are now generating cost-effective, renewable energy in the county.

Columbus, Mississippi 1.6 MW Solar Project installed by LightWave Solar

Silicon Ranch Corporation, the largest developer, owner and operator of solar facilities based in the Tennessee Valley Authority service area, says that the two combined solar farms deliver enough carbon-free electricity to help power more than 200 homes.

That totals to 1.6 megawatts.

The farms were built in September 2015 as part of TVA’s Solar Solutions Initiative project.

The project was created to promote cost-competitive renewable energy while serving as a recruitment tool for new industry in the Valley region, while also retaining and adding investment and jobs.

The corporation worked closely with the Lowndes County Industrial Development Authority and 4-County Electric Power Association.

During construction, contractor LightWave Solar used nearly 40 workers, most of whom were hired locally, to install more than 5,000 solar panels.

Those panels track the sun as it makes its way across the sky.