$240M solar energy manufacturing facility proposed for West Baton Rouge


A San Francisco-based firm has filed an advanced notice with Louisiana Economic Development for a new solar energy manufacturing facility to be built in West Baton Rouge Parish in 2022.

Bueche PV1 LLC, whose officer is listed as the San Francisco-based Fresh Air Power Development, submitted the advanced notice for the state’s Industrial Tax Exemption Program.

The project, which would start in 2022 and finish up by the end of 2023, is expected to support more than 430 construction jobs and create one permanent job. LED estimates the project represents a total $240 million investment by the company.

The project will be located north of Port Allen, in Bueche.

The same firm also submitted an advanced notice for ITEP for another solar project to be located in East Feliciana Parish at the intersection of Ezra Courtney Lane and Genola Road in Pride. That project would start in July 2022 and be completed by the end of 2023.

LED estimates the East Feliciana project represents a $308 million investment.

It’s currently unclear whether the projects are related to Capital Region Solar, a 50-megawatt solar plant built by DEPCOM Power in West Baton Rouge Parish. The 560-acre solar farm was sold to Helios Infrastructure earlier this month.