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Time to sign up for Entergy-led technical tours to solar and CCGT sites at POWERGEN

There’s nothing like seeing it for yourself. Can we get a witness?

In fact, you can witness it for yourself at POWERGEN International.

POWERGEN, happening November 19-21 in New Orleans, will offer more than 80 sessions of indoor content at the Morial Convention Center. Sometimes, though, it’s nice to get outside and see power generation at work. For that reason, POWERGEN is having several technical tours at solar and gas-fired plant sites.

Entergy Corp., the host utility for POWERGEN in New Orleans, is opening up its Solar and Storage Station pilot project for attendees to visit for themselves. The guided tour by Entergy engineers and operators will show off the 1-MW solar PV and 500-kW/500kWh distribution grid-tied battery pilot located within the city limits.

This pilot facility, owned by Entergy, is a living R&D project. The intent is to evaluate the ability to store and deliver solar energy to the electricity grid when customers need it, not just when the sun is shining.

This site covers 11 acres and cost $6 million to develop.

The Entergy tour guides will discuss the PV array, GP Tech inverters/converters and LG Chem lithium-ion storage battery. Spots on the solar tour are still available for Monday, November 18 and Thursday, November 21.

The fee is $40 per person. Transportation to and from the site will be provided.

Click here to register.

And other early POWERGEN arrivals who want to see a brand new combined cycle gas turbine plant will have that opportunity from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. CT Monday, November 18. Entergy started commercial operation of its 980-MW St. Charles Power Station earlier this year.

The Entergy guides will show off the CCGT facility, which was built to emit 40% less carbon dioxide than the utility’s older gas-fired power stations. Over the past 13 years Entergy has added approximately 5,900 MW in CCGT generation capacity, allowing for the deactivation of more than 6,300 MW in older gas or oil units.

The St. Charles CCGT station is located in Montz, La., about 30 miles outside New Orleans.

Cost of this tour is $75 and limited to 60 people, and it’s filling up fast. If it’s filled, consider taking the solar tour, which has several trips.

Click here to see more about the solar and gas-fired plant tours and how to register.