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Entergy Arkansas LLC and NextEra Energy Resources LLC plan to build a 100-MW solar project in White County, Ark.

Entergy Arkansas, a subsidiary of Entergy Corp., described the project as the "largest utility-owned solar facility in the state and the first to feature a battery for storing solar power."

The NextEra Energy Inc. subsidiary will design and build the White County project on 800 acres. Entergy refers to the project as the Searcy project, after a nearby town. Once completed, Entergy Arkansas will acquire it, pending Arkansas Public Service Commission approval. The Searcy project will also consist of a new battery storage system capable of storing up to 30 MWh of electricity.

This will be the third solar supply arrangement between the two companies. Entergy Arkansas buys 81 MW from NextEra Resources' Stuttgart solar project in Arkansas County, which began operating in 2018, and plans to purchase another 100 MW from NextEra Resources' Chicot project upon its commissioning in 2020.

"In addition to adding solar to our generation mix, we've also received approval of a solar energy tariff from the Arkansas Public Service Commission, which will give our customers the option of purchasing solar power to help meet their renewable energy objectives," Entergy Arkansas President and CEO Laura Landreaux said in a March 18 news release.