The largest renewable energy plant in Mississippi has been completed in Ruleville, stretching across approximately 1,000 acres filled with solar panels in Sunflower County.
On Thursday, Entergy Mississippi announced the completion of the Sunflower Solar Station project, which is expected to bring power to 16,000 homes across the state.
According to Entergy, the company plans to replace aging natural gas plants with 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy by 2027.
Last year, Entergy Corporation announced plans to triple its renewable energy portfolio by 2024 and have 11,000 megawatts of renewable energy generation by the end of 2030. Currently, the state produces a total of 220 megawatts of renewable energy from eight different locations as reported by the Public Service Commission.
“We are proud to have commissioned the largest solar project in Mississippi on behalf of Entergy in a way that has supported Mississippi businesses and paved the way for more renewable energy in the state,” Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Office of Canadian Solar, said. “Sunflower is our first build-own-transfer project and our first project in Mississippi. We look forward to supporting the growth of solar throughout the southeast United States, and repeating this model which provides additional value for our customers.”
Now that construction on the new Sunflower Solar Station is complete, Entergy Mississippi has stated that the plant is expected to come online by mid-July.