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100 turbines on 13,000 acres: Mississippi OKs first wind turbine electricity facility

The Mississippi Public Service Commission has cleared the way for Mississippi to see its first wind turbine facility to generate electricity in the Delta.

In its announcement Wednesday, the MPSC said the facility will be built on 13,000 acres in Tunica County and consist of up to 100 turbines and generate enough power to provide energy to approximately 70,000 homes.

According to Tunica Windpower LLC’s parent company Vestas, construction is expected to begin this summer and be completed by the end of 2022.

“It’s an honor to be a part of celebrating Mississippi’s first wind-power farm in Tunica County that will bring a number of jobs and economic development opportunities to the Mississippi Delta,” MPSC Chairman Dane Maxwell said in a news release. “I’d like to thank Tunica Windpower LLC and the work of our state’s legislature and local leadership for making it possible to bring another renewable energy resource to our state.”

According to MPSC Central District commissioner Brent Bailey, the project will diversify production in the Delta and co-exist with agriculture.

“Tunica Windpower LLC is another example of the wide diversity of energy resources available in Mississippi, as well as an example of the technical achievements and capabilities of the advanced energy sector,” Bailey said. “Despite being spread across 13,000 acres, these facilities require a minimal footprint for installation and will utilize existing farm roads, allowing land managers to continue to provide food, feed and fiber – and now energy – from the Mississippi Delta.”