Entergy Louisiana customers’ electricity will soon be powered by the sun under an agreement approved today by the Louisiana Public Service Commission.
Entergy Louisiana, in an announcement, said it will buy the output of a 50-megawatt solar power plant to be built in West Baton Rouge Parish by LA3 West Baton Rouge, 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 later this year, and once complete will offset the equivalent of roughly 19,000 passenger vehicles’ emissions in one year.
“This is a win for customers of Entergy Louisiana and a win for the environment,” says Phillip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana in a prepared statement, adding that Entergy’s CO2 emission rate is the fourth lowest among the top 20 U.S. power producers.
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 180 megawatts of renewable resources, which includes run-of-river hydro, biomass and waste heat recovery.