New solar power plant coming to Port Allen

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - Plans are in the works for a new solar power plant in Port Allen.

Entergy and Eagle Solar Group have partnered for the project. Eagle Solar plans to build the plant on a large empty lot on Rosedale Road near Highway 1145. Entergy has signed a contract with Eagle Solar to buy power once the plant is built. The companies say it would be the largest solar plant in the state and would create 350 jobs.

"It's great news for the customers in Louisiana because it allows us to provide cleaner sources of power at an affordable and a reliable manner through this commitment, with this 20-year contract and the largest project in Louisiana," said Phillip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana.

Eagle Solar Group wants to have the plant up and running by March of 2020. Once they finish their plans, they want to get started on construction immediately.

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