Entergy New Orleans Moving Forward With Solar Panel Commitment
NEW ORLEANS – Entergy New Orleans is moving forward with its commitment to include up to 100 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy resources in the company’s generation mix.
Entergy New Orleans, LLC provides electricity to more than 198,000 customers and natural gas to more than 106,000 customers in Orleans Parish.
In February 2016, Entergy New Orleans filed an integrated resource plan that evaluated different combinations of renewable resource additions and identified the declining trend in the cost of solar in particular.
Working under the oversight of an independent monitor, the company has selected a portfolio of updated proposals that will allow it to pursue an anticipated total of 90 MW. These latest selections are from its reopened 2016 request for proposals and are in addition to the approximately 5 MW commercial-scale rooftop solar project previously selected from the RFP.
That project, which is being reviewed by the New Orleans City Council, would involve Entergy New Orleans’ installing and operating rooftop solar panel systems on existing buildings and properties in Orleans Parish and has the potential to be scaled up to 20 MW.
“We remain committed to including renewable technologies in our generation portfolio in a manner that allows us to maintain reliability while keeping the cost reasonable for our customers,” said Charles Rice, president and CEO of Entergy New Orleans. “By pursuing up to 90 MW through these updated proposals, we’re making a significant step toward our 100 MW pledge.”
“As we negotiate agreements for these proposals, we’ll continue working toward council approval of the rooftop solar project and looking at viable options for increasing the project beyond its initial target size,” said Rice. “We look forward to working with the council, its advisors and stakeholders for the benefit of all who live and work in this vibrant city.”
Rice added that just like in the first round, the updated selections are consistent with the company’s commitment to maintain carbon emissions below year-2000 levels. Entergy was the first U.S. utility to voluntarily commit to stabilize CO2 emissions.