Energy-saving project underway in Jackson County

Groundbreaking on new solar facility

JACKSON COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A groundbreaking ceremony took place Thursday celebrating a powerful partnership.

Farmers Electric Cooperative Corporation and Today’s Power Inc. have partnered to build a 1-megawatt solar facility.

It will provide clean renewable energy that will generate significant savings for its members for the next 25 to 35 years, officials said.

The savings of approximately $80,000 per year from the project will be passed along to the members who own Farmer’s Electric.

The 8 to 10-acre project is a single-axis tracking technology of approximately 3,876 panels.

Larry Bright, CEO of Farmers Electric Cooperative, said the project will provide members with affordable and reliable energy

“We believe that this type of project brings hope,” Bright said. “Solar energy has the capacity to empower institutions and communities in very positive ways. Arkansas is in one of the sunniest states in the country to harvest solar energy and needs to be leveraged. We are grateful for all the hard work Today’s Power has invested toward the success of this project.”

It will be located near Newport, just east of Highway 67.

The project is scheduled for completion by June of this year.

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