Two solar arrays have been switched on and are now operational at the Bearden School District.
Partnering with Today’s Power Inc. of North Little Rock, the Bearden School District developed the solar project to increase its renewable energy use, with the array expected to generate roughly 90 percent of the district’s energy. The solar arrays will also provide significant cost savings for the district, saving an average of $25,000 per year.
In total, Bearden School District superintendent Denny Rozenberg projects savings of roughly $500,000 over the course of a 20 year contract with Today’s Power.
“Partnering with the Bearden School District is truly an honor. 90 percent of the energy usage of the district will be offset at a reduced rate by solar power. Such savings will be reinvested in the community and will be able to go back to the students and education directly,” Today’s Power Inc. president Michael Henderson said in a statement. “This project exemplifies the capacity of Bearden School to reinvest in the community. Projects like this mean that you are not paying for electricity that is being generated in a neighboring county or state. However, this does not come without vision, but this school board has shown its progressivity and brought this project online,” he added.
This solar project consists of two solar arrays, with a total of 1,140 panels and capable of generating 720,000 kilowatt-hours per year. One of the solar arrays is located near Bearden High School and the second is near Bearden Elementary School’s cafeteria, according to a previous Arkansas Money & Politics report.
Local and school officials, along with Today’s Power and South Central Service Cooperative executives, gathered on Tuesday, Oct. 13 to announce the completion of the solar project. Construction on the project commenced in July 2020.