Entergy New Orleans has entered into 20-year PPAs to buy power generated by the two solar facilities
D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) and Entergy New Orleans have announced the start of construction on 70MW of solar projects in Louisiana, US.
The projects include the Iris Solar project in Washington Parish and St. James Solar project in St. James Parish.
Entergy New Orleans has entered into 20-year power purchase agreements to purchase power generated by the two solar facilities.
The Iris Solar site will cover an area of 492 acres, while the St. James site spans approximately 218 acres.
The projects are expected to diversify Entergy New Orleans’ generation portfolio, which currently sources more than half of its energy from zero-carbon emitting resources.
Entergy New Orleans president and chief executive officer David Ellis said: “Our generating portfolio is among the cleanest in the nation and these solar projects are part of our ongoing commitment to delivering clean, reliable, and safe energy.
“These two new solar resources in combination with our portfolio will substantially increase the composition of energy supplied to our customers from renewable resources.”
Iris and St. James projects to enter into commercial operations in mid-2021
During the construction phase, the Iris and St. James projects are expected to create up to 150 jobs and 100 jobs respectively.
The two projects are expected to begin commercial operations in mid-2021.
The projects have secured financing from a syndicate of lenders, including Societe Generale as coordinating lead arranger, and CIBC and Truist Bank (f/k/a SunTrust) as joint lead arrangers.
Acadian Renewable Energy, a joint venture among affiliates of SunChase Power and MAP Renewable Energy, had initiated and initially developed the Iris and St. James solar projects.
In September, DESRI signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Facebook and PacifiCorp’s subsidiary Rocky Mountain Power to supply 155MW of solar power.