New Projects, Renewables, Solar

Work begins on 50-MW Capital Region Solar farm in Louisiana

One of Louisiana’s largest solar power projects ever is now under construction.

Capital Region Solar is a planned 50-MW facility being built in West Baton Rouge Parish. DEPCOM Power is the developer on the project.

Entergy Louisiana will take the power from Capital Region Solar under a 20-year power purchase agreement. The solar farm is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2020.

“Louisiana is undergoing tremendous growth and we need to be ready to deliver low-cost, diverse energy sources to help sustain that growth,” said Phillip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana. “Our generating portfolio is among the cleanest in the nation and this solar plant is one part of our ongoing commitment to offering our customers clean, reliable and economic energy.”

Capital Region Solar will feature some 197,000 solar panels across 560 acres. DEPCOM Power will provide the engineering, construction and operations and maintenance services for the project. “DEPCOM is proud to help serve Entergy Louisiana’s clean energy program, designing and building an economical, efficient, high energy output utility solar facility,” said Johnnie Taul, president for DEPCOM Power. “In honor of the project, DEPCOM’s philanthropy organization, DEPCOM G.I.V.E.S, will also seek to provide impactful donations to local charities supporting the impoverished, veterans, education and community solar outreach needs,”

The power from the solar project will add to Entergy Louisiana’s approximately 190 MW 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–the Waterford 3 and River Bend nuclear units. Together, the two units produce about 16 percent of the state’s energy and account for 92 percent of the state’s carbon-free energy.

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Entergy Corp. is host utility for POWERGEN International, happening Nov. 19-21 in New Orleans. POWERGEN, the nation’s biggest annual power generation conference, also will feature sessions on solar, nuclear and other carbon-free forms of energy.