Construction complete on 100 MW solar project in Mississippi

Entergy Mississippi’s 100-MW Sunflower Solar Station (Courtesy of Entergy Mississippi).

The construction of a 100-MW solar project in Mississippi is complete. This makes it the largest operating solar plant in the state.

The Sunflower Solar Station can generate enough energy for 16,000 homes within Entergy Mississippi.

Haley Fisackerly from Entergy Mississippi said that the project acts as a “hedge to rising natural gas price” and encourages corporations with renewable energy goals in Mississippi. Over the next five-years, the utility will replace some of its aging natural gas plants by 1,000 MW of renewable electricity.

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Recurrent Energy designed the Sunflower Solar Station to serve Entergy Mississippi. The facility will be owned and operated by Entergy Mississippi. Recurrent Energy signed a build transfer arrangement with Entergy Mississippi for 2018.

Attala Steel, a Mississippi-based steel company, supplied 2,475 tonnes of steel for foundations. A-1 Kendrick Fence Company installed the perimeter fence. Entergy Mississippi reported that more than half of the labor hours used in the construction of the project were local.

Signal Energy LLC was the engineering and procurement provider.

The Sunflower Solar Station covers approximately 1,000 acres of Sunflower County. It connects with Entergy’s transmission network in Ruleville, Mississippi Delta. The plant uses single-axis trackers, and 272,000 solar PV module.