Industrial, Solar - September 1, 2023
Microsoft to Adopt Solar in Mississippi
Microsoft, a technology company with a commitment to be carbon negative by 2030, invested in a 6.6-megawatt (MWdc) facility in Panola County, Mississippi, with the Panola II Solar Farm.
The Panola II Solar Farm is one of three new solar projects launched by Clearloop, a provider of carbon solutions that accelerates decarbonization of the electric grid, in collaboration with the Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association (TVEPA) and with the support of local economic development group, the Panola Partnership.
TVEPA is working with Clearloop and Clearloop’s parent company, Silicon Ranch, to bring locally generated, reliable renewable energy to the county.
Through its participation in the project, Microsoft will help prevent approximately 400 million pounds of carbon from entering the atmosphere.
“Decarbonizing the electricity grid is key to combatting climate change. Adding new solar projects where they can displace the most emissions will help achieve this outcome as quickly as possible, and it’s important that we do so while also supporting local communities,” said Danielle Decatur, Director of Environmental Justice for Microsoft, in a statement. “Clearloop’s model directly aligns with this vision and has introduced a new ‘tool in the toolbox’ for companies seeking to maximize community impact on their path to addressing climate change.”
The Panola II Solar Farm will be developed, owned and operated by its parent Silicon Ranch for the lifetime of the project. The Panola II Solar Farm is scheduled to achieve commercial operations in 2024.
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