Entergy New Orleans has selected Blattner Energy of Minnesota to build New Orleans’ first utility-scale solar project, the company announced Monday.
The 1-megawatt project, which will be built on company property off Chef Menteur Highway, will consist of more than 4,000 solar panels. Its expected to be in service by late 2016.
The project will allow the utility — which provides electricity to more than 171,000 customers — to study the feasibility of using a utility-scale solar project in New Orleans. It will review how battery storage can help Entergy balance peak sunlight between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. against peak power demand during late afternoons and help it compensate for cloudy days.
One megawatt is enough power to support 164 homes, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
“We’re pleased to bring Blattner on board and feel their expertise in constructing renewable energy facilities across the country is the right fit for our project,” said Charles Rice, president and CEO of Entergy New Orleans. “We’re ready to get started so we can answer questions about the potential of utility-scale solar in our service area.”