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The first hybrid resource in the Midcontinent ISO is expected to start operations in early 2022 after Entergy Arkansas LLC puts the finishing touches on a new facility in Searcy that will use both solar power and batteries.

Hybrid resources are expected to grow rapidly in the coming years. Solar is growing quickly in the MISO region and is particularly well suited to being paired with batteries because of its predictable generation pattern.

The Searcy Solar Project will have 100 MW of solar capacity and 10 MW of battery storage. The array of lithium-ion batteries will be able to store up to 30 MWh of electricity, according to Entergy Arkansas, which is a subsidiary of Entergy Corp.

The project is expected to reach substantial completion at the end of 2021 and be online and operating in the MISO market in early 2022, Entergy Arkansas spokesperson Brandi Hinkle said in an email.

[Kate Winston]

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