| Entergy’s 100-acre solar plant nears completion in New Orleans East

Average residential customer to see increase of $1.50 a month when solar plant comes online

October 29, 2020. A new solar power plant in New Orleans East will generate enough electricity to run 3,100 homes when it gets up and running, part of a broader plan by Entergy to diversify its power generation sources.

The rows and rows of solar panels, which sit on 100 acres inside of the NASA Michoud Assembly Site, are being constructed by Entergy New Orleans and its partner, DEPCOM Power.

When the 20-megawatt plant is complete in November, it will deliver renewable energy directly to two distribution feeders at Entergy’s Sherwood Forest substation, sending that solar power out to all utility customers.

The project is a realization of Entergy’s larger push to add a mix of solar, nuclear and natural gas-fired power sources to its portfolio in the coming years. Entergy’s $210 million, 128-megawatt gas-fired power station in New Orleans East began operating in May.

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FABC Sponsors Community Mental Health Forum

Various coping methods and resources shared

By Lisa Stafford

For the fifth year, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church (FABC) held its annual Holistic Health Ministry Conference on October 24, 2020, concentrating this year on Mental Health. Mental illness may be more common than many people realize. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Mental Illness is a medical condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling, or mood. Such conditions may affect someone’s ability to relate to others and function each day. Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis.”   Continue reading “FABC Sponsors Community Mental Health Forum”

Submission of Comments related to Zoning Docket 090/20

Editor’s note: This is a re-post from NextDoor, at the request of New Orleans East residents. The referenced attachment was not provided.

ACTION REQUIRED – Please forward and submit email

OPPOSITION to Zoning Docket 090/20. Summary of forward communication below. Email OPPOSITION comments by Monday, October 19, 2020 before 5:00PM to Troy Duhon of Toyota of New Orleans, Prestige Realty and Giving Hope to the following email addresses:

Robert D. Rivers, Executive Director –

Stephen Kroll – (email comments submission)

Re: Zoning Docket 090/20 replacing the former Zoning Docket 069/20 that was DENIED by the City Planning Commission on September 8, 2020 zoning request change from a commercial to a mixed-use development, because it is inconsistent with the Master Plan and does NOT promote the public health, safety and welfare of the City as expressed in the Master Plan. Continue reading “Submission of Comments related to Zoning Docket 090/20” | Tulane report finds deep racial disparities for New Orleans start-up businesses

A new study from Tulane University finds deep disparities in the opportunities available to non-white entrepreneurs trying to start businesses in the greater New Orleans area.

The annual survey of New Orleans’ start-up businesses by Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business, published on Monday, found that firms owned by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) entrepreneurs are only half as likely as white-owned firms to receive debt financing via traditional bank loans.

They also receive equity investments less than half as often in the earliest round, the report found. Read more.

New Orleans Business Alliance and Mayor’s Office to Launch $350,000 Pilot Program to Support Resiliency of Local Businesses and Commercial Corridors 

 NEW ORLEANS – The City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) are launching a $350,000 pilot program to support businesses and commercial corridors within the following seven neighborhoods identified as part of the NOLABA Strategic Neighborhood Development (SND) Strategy: New Orleans East, Lower 9, Hollygrove, Gert Town, Gentilly, Treme, and Algiers. These communities have experienced decades of disinvestment, leaving surrounding businesses more vulnerable to economic and environmental disasters, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Continue reading “New Orleans Business Alliance and Mayor’s Office to Launch $350,000 Pilot Program to Support Resiliency of Local Businesses and Commercial Corridors “