Solar Power in Louisiana

GREENandSAVE staff

Posted on Friday 15th July 2022
Solar power in Louisiana

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The Energy Intelligence Center (EIC) has a strategic partnership with Jordan Energy which is a top solar solutions provider. This article includes some highlights as well as Solar power news in Louisiana. EIC’s initial founder, Charlie Szoradi, has a long-standing relationship with Jordan Energy’s founder, Bill Jordan. Charlie engaged Bill and his team for the solar system on Charlie’s beach house in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. Charlie also recently introduced Jordan Energy to one of EIC’s largest clients for major industrial rooftop systems in Pennsylvania and Texas. Click to learn more about Sustainability_Charlie on Instagram. For his Youtube channel click here: Learn from Looking.

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Here is an example of some Solar Power News in Louisiana:

Entergy Louisiana to Purchase 475 Megawatts of Solar Power

BATON ROUGE – Entergy Louisiana will soon grow its green power-generating portfolio by purchasing 475-megawatts of additional solar power. This is in addition to the 50 megawatts of solar the company purchases through the Capital Region Solar plant in West Baton Rouge and various hydroelectric and other renewable resources.

Under the new contracts, the company will receive carbon-free power from four solar facilities across the state, including:

  • Vacherie Solar Energy Center – a 150-megawatt resource in St. James Parish
  • Sunlight Road Solar– a 50-megawatt resource in Washington Parish
  • Jacques Louisiana Solar – a 150-megawatt resource in St. James Parish
  • Elizabeth – a 125-megawatt resource in Allen Parish

“This is a major step forward for all of us in Louisiana,” said Phillip May, Entergy Louisiana president and CEO. “These projects will provide clean and affordable energy for our communities and help our customers meet sustainability goals.”

Once constructed and ready to connect to the power grid, Entergy Louisiana will purchase power from the Vacherie, Sunlight Road and Elizabeth solar facilities under 20-year agreements. The St. Jacques solar facility, however, will be under a build-own-transfer agreement, meaning Entergy will own and maintain the facility once built. The 350-megawatts of solar energy resources in St. James and Washington Parish sites will be built by D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) while the Allen Parish facility will be built by Opdenergy.

“Our DESRI team is pleased to continue our work with Entergy to deliver clean, reliable and cost-effective renewable energy to Louisiana residents,” said Hy Martin, chief development officer of DESRI. “Our team has now partnered with Entergy on 420-megawatts of solar resources throughout their territory. These projects will benefit our host communities for years to come.”

“Opdenergy is very excited about the opportunity to construct our first solar project in Louisiana”, said Braden Houston, managing director of solar development of Opdenergy. “We are honored to be able to work with Entergy and at the same time add significantly to the economic development and tax base in Allen Parish and the rest of the state.”

The contracts described above will go before the Louisiana Public Service Commission for approval in conjunction with a voluntary Green Tariff designed to allow customers to participate at various levels depending on their objectives. If approved, the solar facilities are expected to begin delivering power to customers in 2024.

Entergy Louisiana currently has approximately 240 megawatts of renewable resources, including the Capital Region Solar facility, which began delivering power to the grid in October 2020.


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