Entergy selects Blattner Energy to build 1-MW solar project in New Orleans

Entergy New Orleans has chosen Blattner Energy to build a 1-MW utility-scale solar power project in the city, the Entergy (NYSE:ETR) utility subsidiary said Aug. 24.

The project will pilot the integration of utility-scale solar generation and modern battery storage technology while simultaneously establishing a benchmark for utility-scale solar generation performance in the New Orleans metro region, Entergy said in a news release.

Construction is scheduled to start in early 2016.

The 1-MW project will allow Entergy New Orleans to study the feasibility of utility-scale solar in the city and the extent to which battery storage can help compensate for cloud cover and provide the power when it is needed most. Consisting of more than 4,000 solar panels, it will be built on existing company property off Chef Menteur Highway.

Entergy New Orleans, Inc. is an electric and gas utility that serves Louisiana’s Orleans Parish. The company provides electricity to more than 172,000 customers and natural gas to some 105,000 customers.

Blattner Energy is a diversified power generation contractor providing construction solutions for the power delivery industry and leading expertise in renewable energy construction. Blattner provides complete engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for wind, solar, energy storage and high-voltage transmission and substation projects.

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