Entergy New Orleans and the city’s Regional Transit Authority have reached agreement on installing solar panels on the roof of the agency’s Carrollton Streetcar Barn.
The 300-kW system will feed directly into the Energy New Orleans electric distribution grid to benefit all customers. The agreement is part of the utility’s 5-MW commercial-scale rooftop solar project.
As part of that, Entergy earlier this year announced it had installed about 2.5 MW of solar capacity on a series of warehouse rooftops near the Inner Harbor Navigation Channel.
“RTA is the first public entity to participate in our distributed solar generation project and we appreciate their initiative in stepping up to the plate as we work to put renewable energy into action,” said David Ellis, president and CEO of Entergy New Orleans. “We thank them for helping to lead the way among city agencies, and we look forward to partnering with others as we move forward.
Energy is stepping up its solar commitment, having begun with a 1-MW solar pilot plant and energy storage addition in New Orleans East, Ellis pointed out The company also recently gained city council utility committee approval for another 90 MW of solar generation.
The company continues its work to identify new sites for the installation of additional panels, focusing on buildings owned by educational institutions, government entities and non-profit organizations in Orleans Parish.
“The RTA is proud to be entering into this partnership to help the city of New Orleans become greener,” said RTA Board Chairman Flozell Daniels Jr. “We are focused on conserving energy, reducing waste and doing our part to build a more sustainable community, while providing safe and reliable transportation services.”
Entergy New Orleans, LLC is an electric and gas utility that serves Louisiana’s Orleans Parish. The company provides electricity to more than 200,000 customers and natural gas to more than 106,000 customers.
It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corp., which serves nearly 3 million customers in Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Entergy Corp. is the host utility for POWERGEN International, which will attract close to 15,000 attendees from throughout the global power generation industry this Nov. 19-21 in New Orleans.