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story.lead_photo.caption FILE - This Aug. 6, 2019, file photo shows Dominion Energy's Scott Solar farm in Powhatan, Va. On Friday, Aug. 9, the Labor Department reports on U.S. producer price inflation in July. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

LAKE VILLAGE — Workers have begun construction on a new solar project in southeast Arkansas that's expected to produce enough electricity to power more than 18,000 homes once it's up and running.

The Chicot Solar Energy Center near Lake Village is a project of NextEra Energy Resources and Entergy Arkansas. They say the project will be larger than the Stuttgart Solar Energy Center, which came online in 2018 and was Arkansas' largest universal solar energy project at the time.

Officials say construction will last about 11 months. Once complete, the solar energy center will be able to generate 100 megawatts of electricity and will serve Entergy Arkansas customers under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

Entergy and NextEra have previously announced plans for a 100-megawatt solar facility to be built near Searcy.

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