Work to begin soon on solar facility at Seabee base

The Department of the Navy and Mississippi Power will build a four-megawatt solar facility at Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport.

The parties signed a real estate deal Jan. 28 for 23 acres of base land that will house the facility.

In exchange for the land, NCBC Gulfport will receive in-kind electrical infrastructure upgrades. Once online, the power generated will benefit Mississippi Power customers, including the Seabee base.

"This project, coupled with our existing energy programs, will increase the energy security of the installation, which will allow us to operate more effectively during times of crisis," said Capt. Cheryl Hansen, commanding officer of NCBC Gulfport.

Mississippi Public Service Commission approved the project in November. Hannah Solar, Mississippi Power's developer, will finance and build the project with power being routed to the Mississippi Power electric grid.

The company expects to break ground on the project early this year and bring the facility online before the end of the year.