Entergy secured authorization from the Louisiana Public Service Commission to add 475 MW of solar, almost increasing the firm's overall renewable generating capacity by three-fold in the state. Under newly authorized contracts, the utility will obtain power from four solar farms across the US state, including: Jacques Louisiana Solar, which is a 150 MW project in St James Parish, LA; Vacherie Solar Energy Center, which is a 150 MW site in St James Parish, LA; Sunlight Road Solar, which is a 50 MW unit in Washington Parish, LA; and Elizabeth Solar, which is a 125 MW plant in Allen Parish, LA. Majority of the projects are predicted to start providing power to customers in 2024, with the St Jacques site expected to be operational in 2025, subject to receiving local permits and approvals. Once developed and ready to link to the grid, Entergy will buy electricity from the Sunlight Road Elizabeth and Vacherie solar sites under two-decade deals. The St Jacques solar unit will be under a build-own-transfer deal, indicating Entergy will own and maintain the project after completing the construction. The 350 MW of solar energy resources at the Washington Parish and St James projects will be constructed by D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI), while the Allen Parish site will be developed by Opdenergy. Presently, Entergy has approximately 280 MW of renewable resources in Louisiana, including the Capital Region Solar plant. Moreover, the Commission permitted the Geaux Green option of Entergy, a new green tariff which will offer clients the chance to subscribe to, and obtain benefits from, renewable energy resources. Additional information will be accessible in the coming weeks on enrolment for the option. Original Source: Renewable Energy News, http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/.