News that Impacts our Cooperative: New Solar Plant


South Mississippi Electric to build large solar plant in Lamar County

South Mississippi Electric has recently made news with ribbon cuttings at four small solar energy facilities.  The start-up of these generation sites drew praise from elected officials, news outlets and the public.  SME is now making plans to build a large 52-megawatt solar plant in Lamar County.  More information can be found in the press release.

Southwest Electric purchases power from SME, a generation and transmission cooperative owned by 11 distribution cooperatives.  SME uses a combination of owned and contracted generation resources taking advantage of a diversified mix of fuel sources — natural gas, coal, nuclear, hydro and now solar.  This diversity means Southwest Electric and SME won’t be dependent on any one energy source.  More information on the Power of 12 can be found here.

As not-for-profit, Member-owned cooperatives, Southwest Electric and SME strive to deliver electricity to homes and businesses in the most affordable and reliable means possible.