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Mississippi Power Proceeds with Another Solar PV Project

LCG, April 28, 2016--Southern Company subsidiary Mississippi Power and Silicon Ranch Corporation held a groundbreaking ceremony for the state's largest solar farm yesterday in Hattiesburg. The 50-MW solar PV project is estimated to cost $100 million and is scheduled to commence operations by early 2017.

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ESC Files Application with FERC for the Empire State Connector "HVDC" Transmission Project

LCG, April 27, 2016--Empire State Connector Corp. (ESC) announced yesterday that it has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for authority to negotiate agreements with customers for transmission service on a 260-mile long high voltage direct current (HVDC) electric transmission line designed to deliver 1,000 MW of energy and capacity directly into New York City from generating sources located in upstate New York. ESC has assumed the full market risk for the $1.5 billion construction cost so at to cause no negative impact on ratepayers. The project is scheduled to be in-service in 2021.

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FPL Commissions DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center

LCG, October 28, 2009--FPL Group and Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) officials yesterday commissioned the DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center. The 25-MW project is now the largest photovoltaic (PV) solar facility operating in the United States. FPL began construction on the project in late February of this year.

The DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center employs over 90,000 SunPower PV panels that incorporate the SunPower Tracker technology, which moves the panels so as to follow the sun throughout the day and increase the solar energy converted to power. FPL stated that the $150 million total project cost will represent an average of only 6 cents on a typical customer?s monthly bill over the lifetime of the plant.

FPL is now pursuing the necessary approvals to expand the capacity of the DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center up to 300 MW.

Construction activities are also underway on a similar project, the Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center, located at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 10-MW, solar PV power project is a public-private partnership between FPL and NASA and will use approximately 35,000 solar PV panels installed over 60 acres. FPL has completed a 1 MW array for use by NASA at the location.
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