Entergy Arkansas plans 100-MW solar-plus-storage project

Stuttgart Solar Energy Center commissioning. Source: Entergy Corp (www.entergy.com)

March 19 (Renewables Now) - The Arkansas subsidiary of Entergy Corp (NYSE:ETR) plans a new 100-MW solar power plant with a 30-MWh battery storage component.

Entergy Arkansas LLC announced on Monday that, upon clearance by the Arkansas Public Service Commission, NextEra Energy Resources, which is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE), will build the said solar park near Searcy in White County. The project is expected to be completed by 2021.

The utility noted it is also seeking additional resources through a request for proposals for renewable energy projects.

Entergy Arkansas presently buys 81 MW of solar power from a plant built by NextEra Energy Resources near Stuttgart and will start purchasing a further 100 MW from the Chicot Solar PV park at Lake Village when it comes online in 2020.

The two partners will hold a public open house on April 2 to inform interested community members about the Searcy project.

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