Recurrent Energy completes Mississippi’s largest solar installation under a Build Transfer Agreement – pv magazine USA

by | May 27, 2022 | Energy

The Sunflower Solar Station is one of the first utility scale projects to be constructed in the United States using the BTA model. May 27, 2022 Anne FischerCanadian Solar Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Recurrent Energy, LLC, successfully completed the construction of the 100 MW Sunflower Solar Station. The solar power plant, located in Sunflower  County in the Mississippi Delta, will provide enough clean energy to power 16,000 homes in Entergy Mississippi’s territory.The Sunflower project is one of the first utility scale solar projects to be constructed under a Build Transfer Agreement (BTA) in the United States and it is the first BTA signed by Recurrent Energy. The BTA was signed with Entergy Mississippi in 2018 designating that the utility would take ownership of the project once it began commercial operation.“It’s a historic day for Entergy Mississippi, our customers and our state,” said Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi president and CEO. “Powering communities is the heart of our business, and this power station does that in several ways—by providing clean, green power to customers and a hedge against rising natural gas prices and giving industries with renewable energy goals an incentive to locate or expand operations in our state.”The Sunflower project raises the bar for solar in the state of Mississippi. As of the 4th quarter of 2021, Mississippi was ranked 36th in the country for installed solar at just under 320 MW. At the time solar was contributing only .67% of the state’s electricity.In the fall of 2021, Entergy announced its intent to expand renewable energy in its territory when it launched EDGE, for “Economic Development with Green Energy,” a program that aims to replace aging natural gas facilities with 1,000 MW of renewable energy, including solar, over the next five years. This level of added capacity would increase the company’s total power generation portfolio from less than 1% to 17% in three years, and nearly 33% by 2027. Entergy expects to have 11,000 MW of renewable energy generation by the end of 2030.“We are proud to have completed the largest solar project in Mississippi on behalf of Entergy in a way that has supporte …

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