News Center > Entergy Louisiana Gets Approval to Buy Power From One of the Largest Solar Facilities Planned
Entergy Louisiana Gets Approval to Buy Power From One of the Largest Solar Facilities Planned
Entergy Louisiana customers’ energy needs will soon be powered by the sun under an agreement approved today by the Louisiana Public Service Commission.
Entergy Louisiana will buy the output of a 50-megawatt solar power plant to be built in West Baton Rouge Parish by LA3 West Baton Rouge, L.L.C. LA3 is a subsidiary of Eagle Solar Group. The project, one of the largest solar facilities planned in Louisiana, will be built on about 560 acres of land near Port Allen. Construction is expected to start in mid-2019. Once complete in 2020, it will offset the equivalent of nearly 19,000 passenger vehicles’ emissions in one year.
“This is a win for customers of Entergy Louisiana and a win for the environment,” said Phillip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana. “Our generating portfolio is among the cleanest in the nation. Entergy's CO2 emission rate is the fourth lowest among the top 20 power producers. This 20-year agreement is one more step in our commitment to look to renewable energy resources to offer our customers clean, reliable and economic energy.”
William Lee, CEO of Eagle Solar Group, said, “Eagle Solar is proud to partner with Entergy Louisiana on this important project, and today's approval by the Louisiana Public Service Commission brings us closer to breaking ground on this meaningful solar facility."
The solar plant will generate approximately 350 jobs during construction and will bring approximately $6.4 million in tax revenue to the surrounding region over the next 30 years, according to Eagle Solar. Additionally, Eagle Solar and its affiliates will allocate a percentage of their investment for donation back to local charitable community organizations.
The power from the solar project will add to Entergy Louisiana’s approximately 180 megawatts of renewable resources, which includes run-of-river hydro, biomass and waste heat recovery. Entergy Louisiana’s portfolio also includes the state’s two largest sources of carbon-free energy – Waterford 3 and River Bend nuclear units.
Entergy Louisiana, LLC provides electric service to more than 1 million customers and natural gas service to nearly 93,000 customers in the greater Baton Rouge area. With operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana, the company is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $11 billion and more than 13,000 employees.
About Eagle Solar:
Eagle Solar Group is a utility scale solar project development company dedicated to providing cost competitive and reliable power generation solutions to its utility and corporate clients. Eagle Solar Group and its affiliates develop, engineer, finance, construct, own and operate its solar projects for full life cycle of the project. Eagle Solar is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, and has utility solar projects in development across the United States. For more information visit, www.eaglesolargroup.com.