Paris, France may be the City of Light, but Paris, Ark. is now the City of Solar.
Today’s Power Inc. has completed the installation of a 1.5 megawatt (MW) solar array for the City of Paris, which is expected to generate more than 70 million kilo-watt-hours (kWh) of energy over the course of 25 years.
The new solar array sits on approximately nine acres along North Hickory Street in Paris.
With the addition of the solar array, Paris will be generating 80 percent of its electricity through clean renewable technology – both solar and hydroelectric.
“The city is committed to being a “Green Community, “and we want to lead by example from the city level on behalf of our residents, students, businesses and utility providers — showing the state and the rest of the country that promoting low-carbon projects not only fosters clean energy and efficiency — it also creates incentives for good employment and investment in the city and area,” Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers said in a statement.
The City of Paris and Today’s Power signed an agreement for the solar array and broke ground on the project in December 2020. As part of the agreement, Today’s Power will finance, maintain and own the array completely with the city buying energy produced by the array for 20 years.