South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative (SCAEC) has activated its new 1-megawatt (MW) solar array near its Arkadelphia headquarters.
Working in collaboration with Today’s Power, Inc., SCAEC has installed a single-axis tracking system composed of roughly 3,800 solar panels. The system, covering eight acres of property, is expected to generate 1 MW of energy.
The solar array is now providing power for local SCAEC members.The electric cooperative services more than 10,000 accounts across Clark, Dallas, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Howard, Montgomery, Nevada and Pike counties.
“We are very excited to partner with SCAEC on this utility scale solar project. This project shows how progressive the Board of Directors and Management of SCAEC are in meeting the needs of its membership and ensuring they receive maximum value.” Michael Henderson, President of TPI said. “This project will result in significant savings for the members of SCAEC over its 25-year estimated life as well as provide economic stimulus for Clark County and the Arkadelphia community.”
The project was also designed to provide habitats for local pollinators and wildlife, including butterflies, bees, cottontail rabbits, bobwhite quail and songbirds.
“This project demonstrates the dedication of South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative not only to provide reliable, affordable energy to our members, but also to listen to their feedback,” Brian Kirksey, SCAEC board president said. “Many members have asked in recent years for additional renewable generation sources. This utility-scale installation offers just that.”