ABBEVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — Henry County Commission approved a 20-year tax abatement for a solar project owned by the Chicago-based renewable energy company — Hecate Energy.

“We’re excited about this project coming certainly this new renewable energy is going to be an asset to our community,” Rhonda Harrison said.

And even the region — as there will be a site in Dale and Geneva counties too.

However, Headland will host the first site in the state of Alabama — Hecate Energy will build and operate a 80-megawatts ground-mounted solar facility on approximately 1000 acres northwest of Headland near County Roads 45 and 12.

“80 megawatts is enough power for 13000 Alabama homes and the project will offset about 80,00 tons of carbon dioxide per year and that’s equivalent to taking 15,000 average cars off the road,” Harrison said.

Harrison said this project will generate many benefits for Henry County — the extra energy capacity will strengthen the local electric grid and bring in more jobs to the rural area.

“During that construction period 100-150 jobs in our local area after that there are not a lot of jobs operation and maintenance for the facility so there will be 3 to 5 jobs from here forward,” She said.

Due to the tax abatement, this solar project will also provide over $200,000 a year for Henry County Schools.

“Well, we want to advance our career tech programs we have a long-term goal of a career tech facility,” Harrison added.

If approved construction will take place in 2024 and will start operating in 2025.