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Searcy Solar Set to Begin Turning Sunshine into Electricity in December
Construction of the Searcy Solar power generating plant is about 42% complete. When the facility goes online by the end of this year, it will have a capacity of 100 megawatts of emission-free power.
Searcy Solar will have a feature new to the Entergy Arkansas solar energy fleet: an array of lithium-ion batteries on site to store up to 30 megawatt hours of electricity to be used when the sun isn’t shining.
Located on 800 acres near Eastline Road in Searcy, it will be the third project generating solar energy for Entergy Arkansas’ customers, bringing the total amount of solar power to 281 megawatts generated from panels covering more than 2,000 acres – enough to power about 45,000 homes.
The Searcy Solar facility has brought 200 temporary construction jobs to the area, as well as two or three permanent jobs, along with periodic maintenance workers. It also will provide about $700,000 in annual property taxes as well as environmental benefits through emissions-free energy.
Unlike the other two solar projects, which are owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, Searcy will be built by NextEra Energy Resources and owned by Entergy Arkansas.