Construction is underway on one of the largest solar facilities currently planned for Louisiana, Entergy announced today.
When completed, Capital Region Solar, a 50-megawatt solar plant being built by DEPCOM Power in West Baton Rouge Parish, is expected to offset the equivalent of roughly 19,000 passenger vehicles’ emissions in one year. Entergy Louisiana is purchasing the output from the solar farm under a 20-year agreement.
The project—built on some 560 acres of land near Port Allen—is expected to be finished by next summer.
The previously announced 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.
The power from the solar project will add to Entergy Louisiana’s approximately 190 megawatts of renewable resources, including run-of-river hydro, biomass and waste heat recovery, which produce about 16% of the Entergy’s energy in the state.