The Mississippi Public Service Commission has granted approval for the construction of the Sunflower Solar Facility, the largest utility-owned solar farm in the state.
Recurrent Energy, a solar facility manufacturer, will build the project on behalf of Entergy Mississippi LLC. The project should be complete by no later than mid-2022. Once built, Entergy will assume ownership for the life of the facility. The emissions-free, renewable energy plant will sit on approximately 1,000 acres in Sunflower County and will connect to Entergy’s transmission grid in Ruleville.
“We’re happy to have commission approval to move forward,” says Haley Fisackerly, president and CEO of Entergy Mississippi.
“The Sunflower Solar Facility will be key in helping us meet changing customer expectations. It will give us more sustainable ways to meet our customers’ energy needs while diversifying our fuel supply,” he adds.
The project will be a single-axis tracking photovoltaic power generator. Its 350,000 PV modules will be able to generate 100 MW of clean energy.
In 2016, Entergy Mississippi began studying solar as a renewable energy source. That year, the company built the state’s first-ever utility-owned solar project. The pilot project consisted of three sites in Brookhaven, Hinds and DeSoto counties. These sites helped answer questions about how solar would perform in Mississippi’s varied geographical regions. The project was the genesis for the Sunflower Solar facility.
Photo: Recurrent Energy’s landing page