EDP ​​Renewables enters Mississippi market with 210 MW solar project


EDP ​​​​Renewables North America (EDPR NA), a U.S. company engaged in the development and operation of renewable energy sources, has inaugurated construction of the Pearl River Solar Park in Scott County, Mississippi.

Source: EDP Renewables North America

Located in the northwest corner of Pearl River County, it has an installed capacity of 210 MW, generating enough energy to meet the energy needs of more than 27,000 average Mississippi homes. The project consists of 400,000 single-sided and double-sided tracking photovoltaic panels that deliver clean, competitively priced energy to the state’s electric grid. It also marks the official entry of EDPR NA into Mississippi.

“Pearl River Solar Park is an important part of the state’s growing clean energy portfolio, and we are proud to have them in Scott County contributing to the region’s economic development. Additionally, the EDPR NA team continues to demonstrate their commitment to cultivating high-impact community relationships,” said Brent Bailey, former Mississippi Public Utilities Commissioner.

Pearl River will provide more than $50 million in taxes to local governments over its lifespan, benefiting schools, health care facilities, fire departments and other county services. Pearl River has created hundreds of construction jobs and two permanent maintenance jobs.

In addition, Pearl River will continue to invest in the Scott County community through several environmentally focused initiatives. The project is the largest solar park in Mississippi to date, according to Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) market data.

The Pearl River Development Team has participated in the Pearl River Clean Sweep for two years, supporting the annual cleanup of the Pearl River watershed. Last year, they helped remove about 400 pounds of trash collected from the river to help revitalize Mississippi’s natural landscape. In February, the Pearl River Team participated in an interactive career fair for fifth-grade students from Highland Elementary in Ridgeland, meeting with more than 200 students to discuss careers in renewable energy.

“We are excited that Pearl River is finally up and running. Solar energy is a win-win for Mississippi because it accelerates the deployment of clean energy on the grid and contributes to the state’s decarbonization goals. The project will begin operations immediately to provide Mississippi with an accessible source of clean energy,” said Sandhya Ganapathy, CEO of EDPR NA.

Pearl River builds EDPR NA relationships with Mississippi communities and deepens ties with the state. The second project under development, Ragsdale Solar Park in Canton, will provide more than $36 million to local governments and $15 million to landowners over its lifespan once operational. Ragsdale will generate 100 MW of energy, equivalent to the power of 15,000 average Mississippi homes. It has created more than 100 construction jobs and three permanent jobs once operational.

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