The Sunflower Solar Station is one of the first large-scale projects to be built in the United States using the BTA model.
Canadian Solar Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Recurrent Energy, LLC, has successfully completed construction of the 100 MW Sunflower Solar Station. The solar plant, located in Sunflower County in the Mississippi Delta, will provide enough clean energy to power 16,000 homes in Entergy Mississippi territory.
The Sunflower Project is one of the first large-scale solar projects to be built under a build transfer agreement (BTA) in the United States and is the first BTA signed by Recurrent Energy. The BTA was signed with Entergy Mississippi in 2018, indicating the utility would take ownership of the project once it is operational.
“This is 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 plant does so in several ways: by providing clean, green energy to customers and protection against rising natural gas prices and by incentivizing industries with of renewable energy to localize or expand their operations. in our state.
The Sunflower Project raises the bar for solar power in the state of Mississippi. From the 4e quarter 2021, Mississippi was ranked 36e in the country for solar installed at just under 320 MW. At the time, solar power contributed only 0.67% of the state’s electricity.
In the fall of 2021, Entergy announced its intention to expand renewable energy in its territory by launching EDGE, for “Economic Development with Green Energy”, a program which aims to replace aging natural gas installations with 1,000 MW of renewable energy, including solar energy. , over the next five years. This level of additional capacity would increase the company’s total power generation portfolio from less than 1% to 17% in three years, and nearly 33% by 2027. Entergy plans to have 11,000 MW of renewable energy production by the end of 2030.
“We are proud to have completed Mississippi’s largest solar project on behalf of Entergy in a way that has supported Mississippi businesses and paved the way for more renewable energy in the state,” said the Dr. Shawn Qu, President and CEO of Canadian Solar. “Sunflower is our first build-own-transfer project and our first project in Mississippi. We look forward to supporting the growth of solar power throughout the Southeastern United States and repeating this model that provides additional value to our customers. »
The single-axis tracker-based Sunflower Project uses 272,000 PV modules and was built on a 1,000-acre site. Attala Steel Industries, based in Kosciusko, Mississippi, supplied 2,475 tons of steel for the foundations. Additionally, A-1 Kendrick Fence Company, based in Jackson, Mississippi, installed the perimeter fence. Signal Energy LLC served as the EPC vendor.
In other recent solar energy news in the state, the Mississippi Public Service Commission released updated rules on net metering and interconnection with policies aimed at increasing solar adoption. energy at all levels, while improving access to solar energy for low- and middle-income residents. And in February of this year, Mississippi Power has announced a request for proposals (RFP) for a total of 200 MW of solar projects, which must have a minimum interconnect point export capacity of 20 MWac and must include power purchase agreements only with a term of 25 years. The final offer list should be accepted in August.
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