New Projects, Renewables, Solar

Entergy New Orleans adding 90 MW of new solar in near future

Entergy New Orleans has narrowed its search for 90 MW of solar energy to settle on three projects approved both by city leaders and the property owners.

These include a 20-MW solar facility to be built by Entergy on about 100 acres of flood-protected property at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans East.

The other two are power purchase agreements totaling 70 MW. Those are for a 50-MW solar site to be constructed on Louisiana State University AgCenter land in Washington parish, and a 20-MW PPA for another solar site to be built in St. James Parish.

“NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility is proud to be part of the community of New Orleans East,” said Robert Champion, director of Michoud. “We are glad this land will be utilized to provide this renewable power resource.”  

The solar plans have been approved by the New Orleans City Council.

“We care about our environment and our community,” said David Ellis, president and CEO of Entergy New Orleans. “In this effort, we’ve found the right balance between environmental responsibility and affordability, something that is important in any decision we make as we keep the needs of all our customers in mind.”

New Orleans-based parent company Entergy Corp. has committed to reducing its carbon emissions 50 percent below 2000 levels by 2030.

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Entergy Corp. is host utility for POWERGEN International happening Nov. 19-21 in New Orleans.