West Baton Rouge solar plant with 197,000 panels begins construction

Some 197,000 solar panels capable of powering thousands of homes are going into one of the largest solar plants to be built in Louisiana on a 560-acre site near Port Allen.

Capital Region Solar started construction this week on the project. Entergy Louisiana will be purchasing power from the solar farm for 20 years after it is completed in second-quarter 2020. It is expected to save Entergy Louisiana customers $29 million over 20 years, the company says.

Construction costs for the plant were not disclosed but a planned solar farm of similar size in northwest Louisiana is projected to cost about $78 million. The plant near Port Allen will generate 50 megawatts of power.

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