POINTE COUPEE, LA. (BRPROUD) – On Tuesday, October 10, the Pointe Coupee Parish Council unanimously voted yes and approved a building permit for a potential solar farm.
The solar company NextEra Entergy, says the Mondu Solar project, would produce more than 150 megawatts of clean, renewable energy. The project would bring in more than 200 construction jobs and provide a $230 million investment.
The Mondu Solar project would be one of the first solar farms in Louisiana. It would be built between Livonia and Lottie on 2,000 acres of land.
Back in September, people living in Iberville Parish received a letter from the parish council proposing a lease for a solar project. The solar project, is under the same renewable energy company, NextEra Entergy. Many people here who are sugarcane farmers or rely on the crop do not want the solar project.
According to Councilman Kurt Jarreau, of District H, who represents the Livonia area, this will bring an economic boost for the area and renewable energy.
“Four to five hundred jobs for a couple of years. It’s going to be a boost in the economy for the south end of the parish” says Councilman Jarreau, “Just going to really help the small businesses in the area, especially after the COVID.”
With more local and state leaders approving, the project is scheduled to begin operations as early as December 2025.