Solar power facility in WBR Parish officially up and running

Updated: Oct. 22, 2020 at 5:17 PM CDT
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WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH, La. (WAFB) - In West Baton Rouge Parish, the Capital Region Solar Facility is officially up and running, providing energy to Entergy Louisiana customers.

The site is meant to provide clean, renewable energy for people’s homes and businesses. Entergy plans for this site to also help with economic development in order to attract new businesses to the state.

Entergy says it won’t break the bank for its customers.

“So this is the first major step of adding renewable resources to meet the evolving needs of our customers while keeping our rates among the lowest in the state and in the country,” said Phillip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana.

Entergy is answering the increasing demand from customers for green energy. Solar energy is now powering many personal grids, providing customers another form of power that often comes at a lower cost and is healthier for the environment.

“Solar energy helps provide clean, reliable, and affordable energy to communities, and the capital region solar site is actually helping us bring those benefits to our customers by providing 50 mega watts of power to our Entergy Louisiana power grid,” said Brandon Scardigli, senior communications specialist for Entergy Louisiana.

So far, they’re looking into some options that would give customers the ability to take the power directly from the solar field in the capital region. Soon, customers will have options for plans to help switch over to solar energy.

“We are adding this renewable resource, the largest in the state, to a portfolio that is already one of the cleanest in the country that will provide clean, affordable energy to our customers' homes and businesses throughout the state,” said May.

Entergy is also hoping the facility will attract more businesses and consumers to the state and help create more jobs and capital investment in the area. The project has already provided hundreds of jobs during the pandemic, and more openings will be available soon.

“So the project will provide a major economic boost to the capital region, 350 construction jobs during the construction process. Utilizing veterans and local contractors will provide $6.4 million in tax revenue over the life of the project,” May added.

Entergy says the site is built to industry standards to withstand Louisiana weather conditions in the region. The project will immediately lower all Entergy customer rates. Entergy says over time, it could come out to $29 million in net benefits.

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