Louisiana Utility In search of Approval on Pair of Solar Initiatives


Phillip May

Entergy Louisiana has filed a request with the Louisiana Public Service Commission to approve the acquisition, building and operation of practically 225 MW of latest solar power assets.

Entergy Louisiana has chosen two initiatives to supply extra solar energy, together with one in Iberville Parish that will account for roughly 175 MW and one other in Ouachita Parish (~49 MW). If accredited by the fee, Entergy Louisiana will be capable of improve its renewable portfolio and assist meet the rising demand for clear era.

“This is another step toward not only reaching our own sustainability goals, but also toward helping our customers reach their sustainability goals,” says Phillip May, Entergy Louisiana’s president and CEO. “The desire for clean power is increasing and, at Entergy, we intend to meet that desire in a way that balances our ability to continue providing reliable and affordable power. We’re excited about the potential addition of nearly 225 MW and look forward to further expanding our portfolio of renewables as demanded by our stakeholders.”

Under Entergy Louisiana’s proposal earlier than the fee, the corporate would enter a 20-year buy power settlement with Coastal Prairie Solar LLC, an oblique wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, for energy produced by its solar facility to be inbuilt Iberville Parish. Also, Entergy Louisiana would construct and function what would change into the Sterlington Solar Facility in Ouachita Parish.

If accredited, building would tentatively start within the spring of 2024, with the Iberville facility absolutely operational in late 2025. The Iberville facility can be adopted by the Sterlington Solar Facility, which is anticipated to ship power to the grid in early 2026.

The proposal additionally features a request for authorization to incorporate the brand new solar assets inside the just lately accredited inexperienced tariff Geaux Green Option, or Rider GGO. This is a voluntary program that permits clients the chance to subscribe to, and get advantages from, renewable energy assets. Adding these assets to the Rider GGO useful resource portfolio will additional help Entergy Louisiana clients with assembly their environmental and sustainability targets.

Entergy Louisiana presently has roughly 280 MW of renewable assets, together with the Capital Region Solar facility, which started delivering power to the grid in October 2020. The firm has a number of thousand megawatts of renewable capability in numerous levels of planning and procurement that might be dropped at the fee for approval within the close to future.


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