By Alton Mitchell
A very tight lipped project has been slowly developing under the noses of Chambers County residents over the past several months. The project is one that can have a massive economic impact on the local economy in both the realms of investment and job growth. The project has been discussed under the codename: Project Fireball.
Details are now coming to light on the project that will sit partially in the city of LaFayette and partially in the Chambers County management area. In recent weeks details have unfolded that show Project Fireball will be a massive solar energy facility. One that will harness the power of the sun and create jobs in the local area as well as a source of clean energy.
Origis Energy is a solar energy company that is making the investment for the new LaFayette-Chambers County solar facility. Origis Energy is a Miami, Florida based company with international reach and 100’s of solar projects under its belt. The company has already listed the LaFayette solar facility under its project tab on its website as in development.
More specific details have begun to come to light. Origis Energy will be investing upwards of $140 million dollars to construct the new facility. The facility will employee up to 300 people during the construction phase and should be online and running by the Fall of 2018. The number of employees to run the facility following construction is estimated to be around five.
The new solar facility will offer 72-megawatts of power. Alabama Power Company has been a key player in the development having secured the rights to all the energy associated with the upcoming facility. A large portion of the generated solar power will be used for retail giant Wal-Mart. The power will assist the world’s largest retailer in reaching its goals of using renewable energy sources. Any remaining generated power will be marketed by Alabama Power to other companies with interests in having a source of renewable energy.