Entergy Mississippi to bring Sunflower Solar Station online - Entergy Newsroom

Entergy Mississippi to bring Sunflower Solar Station online – Entergy Newsroom

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05/26/2022

The state’s largest solar power project will provide clean, renewable energy and economic advantage

Jackson, Miss. – A 100-megawatt renewable solar power plant has been completed near Rolleville in the Mississippi Delta, providing clean power to Entergy Mississippi’s 461,000 customers. The Sunflower Solar plant is the largest solar power facility in Mississippi and provides enough power to power 16,000 homes.

“It’s a historic day for Entergy Mississippi, our customers, and our state,” said Healy Visackerly, President and CEO of Entergy Mississippi. “Powering communities is the heart of our business, and this power plant will do so in many ways — by providing clean, green energy to customers, hedge against rising natural gas prices, and giving industries with renewable energy goals an incentive to locate or expand operations in our state.”

The solar plant is also the first in what will be the largest renewable energy expansion in the state’s history. Under a program called EDGE, for “economic development using green energy,” the company plans to replace some of its old natural gas plants with 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy over the next five years.

Recurrent Energy, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar, Inc. , develops and builds the Sunflower solar plant for Entergy Mississippi, which it will own for the life of the facility. Sunflower is one of the first utility-scale solar projects to be built under a construction transfer agreement in the United States. Recurrent Energy signed a BTA with Entergy Mississippi in 2018 to designate the regulating facility to own the Sunflower Solar project when it came to commercial operation. The BTA was unanimously approved by the Mississippi Public Service Commission in April 2020.

The solar sunflower plant employed vendors and builders from Mississippi. Atala Steel Industries, headquartered in Kosciusko, supplied 2,475 tons of steel to enterprises. In addition, A-1 Kendrick Fence, based in Jackson, installed the perimeter fence. More than half of the working hours he spent on building the project were from local workers in the area and the surrounding governorates. Signal Energy LLC acted as an engineering, procurement and construction provider.

said Dr. Sean Chu, Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar. “Sunflower is our first build-own-transfer project and our first in Mississippi. We look forward to supporting solar growth across the southeastern United States, and iterating on this model that provides additional value to our customers.”

The zero-emission renewable power plant is located on approximately 1,000 acres in Sunflower County and is connected to the Entergy transmission network in Ruleville. The station is a single axis tracking PV generator with 272,000 PV modules.

In 2021, Entergy Corporation announced plans to triple its renewable energy portfolio over a three-year period. The company expects to have 11,000 megawatts of renewable energy generation by the end of 2030. The Sunflower Solar Plant is another milestone in our ongoing transformation of our power generation portfolio, meeting customer needs with clean, efficient and diversified electricity sources while maintaining affordable rates. Learn more about the growth of our renewable energy generation at entergy.com/renewable-energy.

About Entergy Mississippi

Entergy Mississippi, LLC supplies electricity to approximately 461,000 customers in 45 counties. Entergy Mississippi is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged in electrical power production, transmission operations, and retail distribution. Entergy delivers electricity to 3 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy owns and operates one of the cleanest US large-scale power generation fleets with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electrical generation capacity, including 7,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, has annual revenue of $10 billion and approximately 12,500 employees.

About Canadian Solar Inc.
Canadian Solar was founded in 2001 in Canada and is one of the largest solar and renewable energy technology companies in the world. It is a leading manufacturer of solar PV modules, solar energy and battery storage solutions provider, developer of large-scale solar energy and battery storage projects with a geographically diverse pipeline in various stages of development. Over the past 19 years, Canadian Solar has successfully delivered more than 52 gigawatts of high-quality solar PV modules to customers in more than 150 countries. Similarly, since entering the project development work in 2010, Canadian Solar has developed, built and connected more than 5.7 GW in more than 20 countries around the world. The company currently has around 500MW of projects in operation, more than 5GW of projects under construction or in late stage (late stage), and an additional 14GW of projects in progress (mid to early stage). Canadian Solar is one of the most bankable companies in the solar and renewable energy industry and has been publicly listed on the NASDAQ since 2006. For additional information about the company, see Canadian Solar at LinkedIn or visit www.canadiansolar.com.

About Recurrent Energy (Canadian Solar Corporation)
Recurrent Energy is a leading developer of utility-scale solar and storage projects, providing competitive, clean electricity to major energy buyers. Headquartered in the United States, Recurrent Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. It is the development arm of the Canadian Solar project in the United States. Recurring Energy has approximately 5 GW of solar and storage projects under development in the United States. More details are available at www.recurrentenergy.com.


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