An Arkansas regulator has approved what will be the largest utility-owned solar project in the state, Kallanish Energy reports.
The 100-megawatt Searcy solar project in White County is being developed by Entergy Arkansas.
It will include 10 megawatts of lithium-ion battery storage. It will be the first solar facility in the state with battery storage.
The batteries are capable of storing up to 30 megawatt hours of electricity.
The Searcy project, to be built on 800 acres, was approved earlier this week by the Arkansas Public Service Commission.
“Large-scale solar facilities provide the most cost-effective solar power for all customers, keeping rates low while delivering the best value for renewables in Arkansas,” said Laura Landreaux, president and CEO of Entergy Arkansas, in a statement.
The project is expected to begin service in 2021.
The solar facility is located northeast of Little Rock, Arkansas.
It will be Entergy Arkansas’ third solar facility, boosting its generating capacity to 281 megawatts.
Two other solar facilities are being developed in Arkansas by other parties.
The company, a subsidiary of Louisiana-based Entergy, has about 700,000 customers in Arkansas.
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