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If you need a loan to start or expand a small business in Mississippi, please contact our Loan Division today to learn more about the wide variety of small business loan programs (SBA 504, etc.) offered by our organization. 

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SILICON RANCH ANNOUNCES COMMISSIONING OF HOUSTON SOLAR FARM: Facility first of its kind to be completely financed and sourced by Mississippi companies

HOUSTON, Miss. June 28, 2016 – Silicon Ranch Corporation today announced that the solar farm it began building early this year will soon be generating cost-effective, renewable energy in Chickasaw County. Once final testing is complete next month, the solar farm will generate 3.9 megawatts (MW), enough carbon-free electricity to help power more than 400 homes and businesses. The solar farm is located approximately two miles north of downtown Houston on the west side of County Road 116.

The project is part of TVA’s Renewable Standard Offer (RSO) program, a targeted program created to promote cost-competitive renewable energy while serving as a recruitment tool for new industry in the Valley region, retaining and adding investment and jobs.

Silicon Ranch, who is the largest developer, owner, and operator of solar facilities based in the TVA service area, invested in the local community and worked closely with the Three Rivers Planning & Development District, MuniStrategies, local officials and landowners, TVA, First Commercial Bank, and the Natchez Trace Electric Power Association to make the project a reality.

Silicon Ranch President and Chief Executive Officer Matt Kisber said, “As long-term owners of our projects, we take great pride in being excellent neighbors and active members in the communities we serve. We love working in Mississippi and are grateful for the partnership we’ve been able to build with TVA and local partners and suppliers. We are excited about the economic and environmental benefits this solar farm has brought and will continue to bring to Chickasaw County and the surrounding region.”

Silicon Ranch’s construction contractor, LightWave Solar, used approximately 75 workers, over half of whom were hired locally, to install more than 26,000 solar panels. The thin-film panels were locally produced by Stion, Inc., at its manufacturing facility in Hattiesburg, Mississippi making this facility the first of its kind in Mississippi to be completely financed and sourced by Mississippi companies.

Norma Kilgore, General Manager of Natchez Trace EPA, said, “Natchez Trace EPA is glad to assist TVA in meeting their goals for renewable energy and hopefully shine a larger spotlight on the area to attract industry to Chickasaw County.”

MuniStrategies, based in Jackson, is an allocatee of New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) incentives and provided $6,500,000 in tax credit financing to enable this important early investment in developing a Solar Value Chain in Mississippi. MuniStrategies Managing Director Mark McCreery said, “Our team is proud to work with the City of Houston, TVA, Natchez Trace EPA and Three Rivers, and of course Silicon Ranch, who as part of this project committed $140,000 to provide workforce training during the construction process and over the next seven years. This investment will serve as a beacon for how clean energy can help rural businesses and communities.”

The parties held a dedication ceremony at the solar farm on Tuesday, June 28. In attendance were Houston Mayor Stacey Parker, Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley, State officials, City of Houston and Chickasaw County officials, and representatives from the project team. The facility is scheduled to be fully operational by mid-July.

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Our Medicaid Waiver Division offers home and community-based services to eligible individuals living in Calhoun, Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc, and Union counties in northeast Mississippi. Please visit our website to learn about the available services and eligibility requirements.

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Three Rivers Planning & Development District's Mississippi Access to Care (MAC) Center is located at our offices on 75 South Main Street in Pontotoc, MS. Please visit our website to learn more about MAC Centers as well as the broad range of programs and services that may be available to you or a loved one.

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The Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is responsible for developing and assisting community-based services that sustain, enhance, and promote the continuation of independence within a rural community setting. Please visit our website to learn more about the available services and programs. 

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If you need a loan to start or expand a small business in Mississippi, please contact our Loan Division today to learn more about the wide variety of small business loan programs (SBA 504, etc.) offered by our organization.

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Reminder: After a successful event last week in Oxford, Three Rivers will hold another Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in Verona this Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Lee County Agri-Center. The event offers residents of Calhoun, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc, and Union counties another opportunity to dispose of their household hazardous waste (paint, chemicals, appliances, etc.) free of charge. Please note no commercial waste will be accepted.
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Reminder: Three Rivers will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in Oxford tomorrow from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the National Guard Armory parking lot next to the Oxford Conference Center.
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