Entergy Louisiana seeks 225 MW of new solar projects

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To meet growing customer demand for renewable energy and support economic development in the state, Entergy Louisiana has asked the Louisiana Public Service Commission to approve the purchase, construction and operation of approximately 225 MW of new solar resources. I requested.

Entergy, Louisiana has selected two projects to source additional solar energy. one in Iberville Parish with approximately 175 MW and another in Ouachita Parish with approximately 49 MW. If approved by the Commission, Entergy Louisiana will be able to grow its renewable portfolio and meet the growing demand for clean power generation.

Philip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana, said: “The demand for clean power is growing, and at Entergy we intend to meet that demand in ways that balance it with our ability to continue to provide reliable and affordable power. We are excited and look forward to further expanding our renewable energy portfolio as required by our stakeholders.”

Pursuant to Entergy Louisiana’s pre-committee proposal, the company will enter into a 20-year power purchase agreement with Coastal Prairie Solar, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, to purchase its solar facility at Iberville Parish. was to purchase the energy produced in Also, under the Commission’s previous proposal, Entergy Louisiana was to build and operate the Starlington Solar facility in Ouachita Parish.

If approved, construction would tentatively begin in spring 2024, with the Iberville facility fully operational in late 2025. The Iberville facility will be followed by the Starlington Solar facility, which is expected to bring clean power to the grid in early 2026.

The proposal also includes a request for approval to include new solar resources in the recently approved green tariff Geaux Green Option (Rider GGO). This is a voluntary program that gives customers the opportunity to subscribe to and benefit from renewable energy resources. The addition of these resources to the Rider GGO resource portfolio will further help Entergy Louisiana customers achieve their environmental and sustainability goals.

Entergy Louisiana currently has approximately 280 MW of renewable resources, including the Capital Region solar facility, which began supplying power to the grid in October 2020. In addition to nuclear power, about 25% of the company’s portfolio is derived from renewable sources. Additionally, the Commission recently approved 475 MW of solar power. To meet growing stakeholder demands, Entergy Louisiana has thousands of megawatts of renewable capacity in various stages of planning and procurement that will be submitted to the Commission for approval in the near future. .

“We continue to work with communities and elected officials across the state,” May added. “We thank those who have helped us bring these sites to life, especially at the parish level, and look forward to seeing what happens in our state.”

In June 2022, Entergy Corporation discussed plans for up to 7 GW of renewable resources by the end of 2025 and up to 14-17 GW of renewable resources by the end of 2031. Carbon emissions by 2050.

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