Scenic Hill Solar will be breaking ground on a new solar power plant for the City of Hot Springs this week. This will be the first of multiple power plant that are planned for Hot Springs.
First announced in September 2019, the power plants are expected to generate 19 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) for the city and total 12.55 megawatts of capacity. Over the course of 30 years, the power plants are expected to generate 527 million kWh of electricity.
Spread across multiple locations in Hot Springs, the power plants will incorporate fixed tilt ground-mounted solar systems and have more than 31,000 solar modules. These power plants will be owned and operated by Scenic Hill Solar on land leased from the City of Hot Springs. As part of a 28-year Energy Services Agreement, the city will buy electricity from Scenic Hill Solar.
“This exciting and much anticipated project has been under development since September 2019 and we are eager to begin this first phase of construction,” Bill Burrough, City Manager of Hot Springs, said in a statement. “Not only are we able to further our Green Initiative through the construction of these solar power plants, we are also able to infuse much needed economic development directly into our local community. We are proud to partner with Scenic Hill Solar on this innovative project and we look forward to the completion of all these solar power plants.”
Former Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, who is the CEO of Scenic Hill Solar, said that the Hot Springs system will be the largest solar project for an Arkansas municipality.
“We are honored to partner with the City of Hot Springs and help them achieve their renewable energy goals. We commend the City’s Board of Directors and City Manager, Bill Burrough, for their forward-thinking vision as environmental leaders in the Natural State,” Halter said “With the approval of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, these project in total will be the largest completed to date for a municipality in the State of Arkansas. As high unemployment and economic stresses continue, this project will bring jobs and economic activity to Hot Springs which has been hit hard by the world-wide pandemic. This is a win-win for the environment and economy, and we are proud to work with the City of Hot Springs on these investments.”
This will be the third solar groundbreaking for Scenic Hill Solar this week. On Monday, the company broke ground on a solar project for the City of Forrest City. During the groundbreaking, Scenic Hill Solar commenced the construction of the first of three power plants for the city.
In addition, Scenic Hill Solar will be breaking ground on a solar power plant for the Stuttgart School District on Wednesday, June 24. The school district will have two power plants – one a 1.3 MW system and the other a 200 kW system.