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A local company is going to build solar farms.

A Metairie-based renewable energy and carbon sequestration company says it has picked out sites in Louisiana and Mississippi for three solar energy projects that should generate 390 megawatts annually. NuQuest Energy LLC said it has leased three sites total, located in southwest Louisiana and central Mississippi, for the solar power plants. The average home uses about 10.7 megawatt hours — or the number of megawatts used continuously in one hour — each year, according to the Energy Information Administration. Louisiana homes lead the nation with an average use of 14.4 megawatt hours per year. Alex Guitart, the company’s co-founder, said NuQuest has submitted paperwork for the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, or MISO, for a regulatory review. MISO is the nonprofit organization that operates the power grid across 15 U.S. states, including most of Louisiana and part of Mississippi.

We could see these in 3 years or so and hopefully they can fees into Entergy NO lines.

Guitart said NuQuest hopes the projects, once approved by MISO, could be operation in three to five years. “After several months of advanced analytical analyses of the electrical grids in both Louisiana and Mississippi, we’re excited to have secured our foundational projects with large developmental capacity,” Guitart said in a statement. “We look forward to advancing these projects and to generate value for all parties in our local community.” NuQuest said it plans to build a portfolio of renewable energy facilities that can generate 1 gigawatt annually. “Our technology-focused approach has enabled us to select and secure sites with high probabilities of reaching operational status” NuQuest co-founder Kirk Barrell said in a statement. “Our proprietary technological system leverages decades of mapping and analytics experience to pinpoint high-quality locations for renewables development.”

With all the other solar farms in the state, we should see the effects within 5 years and hopefully better more reliable energy.

Local company in the solar business
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