by Tyler Hale
Craighead Electric Cooperative Corporation (CECC) has partnered with Today’s Power, Inc. (TPI) to build a 1-megawatt solar array in Brookland.
The solar array is expected to be “among the most advanced systems in the county,” and the array’s output is expected to provide power for 135 homes at peak production. According to a CECC press release, the array will be a “single-axis tracking array” composed of 3,888 panels, and it will occupy six to eight acres of a 13-acre location.
TPI has developed 18 projects in Arkansas so far, mostly in the 1 mega-watt range. The company has five additional projects that are still in the planning stages.
Through this partnership, which also includes the City of Brookland and Quail Forever, the companies will also provide and protect wildlife and pollinator habitats. The partners plan to ensure wildlife, such as cottontail rabbits, bobwhite quail and songbirds, have habitats in Northeast Arkansas. The partnership also intends to benefit butterflies, bees and other pollinators in the region.
CECC, which is headquartered in Jonesboro, provides electric service to over 30,000 members throughout Craighead, Crittenden, Greene, Independence, Poinsett, Randolph and Sharp counties. TPI is a subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc., and it provides energy storage systems, charging stations and other energy technologies.