Entergy says 3,225 MW of solar power are in approval queue

Entergy power lines

Entergy has filed a request for approval to add an additional three gigawatts of solar power from the Louisiana Public Service Commission.

Earlier this month, Entergy had requested approval for nearly 225 megawatts of solar power. Entergy Louisiana sought approval for 175 megawatts from a facility in Iberville Parish and 49 megawatts from Sterlington Solar Facility in Ouachita Parish.

Entergy Louisiana said 3,225 megawatts of solar power are in the approval queue for construction, development and placement on the grid through agreements.

“Our latest request for up to three gigawatts of renewable power, the largest such expansion request in state history, shows we’re serious about not only protecting the environment by reducing our carbon footprint, but also continuing to be a major driver of economic development,” said Phillip May, Entergy Louisiana president and CEO.

Currently, Entergy Louisiana has approximately 280 megawatts of renewable resources, including the Capital Region Solar facility, which began delivering power to the grid in October 2020. Along with nuclear generation, nearly 25 percent of the company’s portfolio comes from carbon-free resources.

These solar additions in Louisiana are consistent with Entergy Corporation’s plans for as much as 15 to 17 gigawatts of renewable resources by the end of 2031. The company aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.