DEMCO, NextEra break ground on Amite Solar Energy Center

AMITE, La. (BRPROUD) – In Tangipahoa Parish, Amite Solar Energy Center broke ground on a new multi-million dollar project that could save homeowners money.

DEMCO and NextEra Energy have partnered to build panels that can generate up to 100 megawatts of solar energy.

“You’re going to need an alternate source of energy. That energy will come from the sun,” said Louis Joseph, District 3 councilman.

Karl Kremser with NextEra says this project will lower electricity rates by 10 to 15 percent.

“Our country as a whole and historically we have been highly dependent on oil and gas resources. So it’s just a transition, whether it’s solar, wind, batteries, they all have different purposes,” said Kremser.

Officials hope this will be an economic booster in Amite creating 200 jobs and increasing the sales of regional goods.

“They have to go out of state to find a job. But we getting ready to keep those kids at home, pay taxes, and become contributing members of society,” said Joseph.

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At the ceremony, Amite Magnet High School was awarded $5,000 to give two students a scholarship to a college or trade program in STEM.

“In rural areas, especially in Louisiana, there’s not a lot of opportunities for kids. Especially kids who are Black or brown or kids that are impoverished,” said Dr. Travis Ford, principal of Amite Magnet High School.

Ford says this initiative is creating opportunities for generations to come.

“Innovation is a global phenomenon. You know, this is how we push the human experience to ensure our safety as a species,” said Ford.

This project is expected to be completed by the spring of 2025.

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