100-MW Sunflower Solar Station completed in Mississippi
Construction has been completed on a 100 MW solar project in Ruleville, Mississippi, which will provide power to Entergy Mississippi customers. The Sunflower Solar Station is recognized as the largest solar installation in Mississippi.
“It’s a historic day for Entergy Mississippi, our customers, and our state,” said Haley Fisackerly, president and CEO of Entergy Mississippi. “Powering communities is at the heart of our business, and this power plant will do that in several ways – by providing customers with clean, green power and a hedge against rising natural gas prices, and boosting industries with renewable energy targets. to settle or expand activities in our state.”
The solar project is also the first plant in what will be the largest renewable energy expansion in the state’s history. Under a program called EDGE, for “Green Energy Economic Development,” Entergy plans to replace some aging natural gas plants with 1,000 MW of renewable energy over the next five years.
Recurrent Energy, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar, developed and built the Sunflower Solar Station for Entergy Mississippi, which it will own for the entire life of the facility. Sunflower is one of the first utility-scale solar projects built under a Build Transfer Agreement in the United States. Recurrent Energy signed an agreement with Entergy Mississippi in 2018, designating the regulated utility as the owner of the Sunflower Solar project when it came into commercial use. The BTA was unanimously approved by the Mississippi Public Service Commission in April 2020.
The Sunflower Solar Station employed Mississippi salespeople and construction workers. Attala Steel Industries, based in Kosciusko, supplied 2,475 tons of steel for foundations. In addition, Jackson-based A-1 Kendrick Fence Company installed the fencing. More than half of the labor hours spent building the project came from workers from the local area and surrounding counties. Signal Energy LLC served as the EPC.
“We are proud to have commissioned the largest solar project in Mississippi on behalf of Entergy in a way that has supported Mississippi businesses and paved the way for more renewable energy in the state,” said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Office of Canadian Solar. “Sunflower is our first build-own-transfer project and our first project in Mississippi. We look forward to supporting solar growth in the Southeastern United States and repeating this model, which adds value to our customers.”
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