Conference focuses on improving renewable energy in Arkansas

Renewable energy conference
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - City leaders, policy makers, educators, and industry leaders met to discuss renewable energy resources.

Arkansas State University hosted the 2016 Renewable Energy Conference Friday at the Reng Student Union.

A number of speakers took the stage at the all-day conference to discuss challenges and efforts in various areas of renewable energy.

Dr. Rajesh Sharma, assistant professor in renewable energy at Arkansas State University, said topics ranged from policy, wind energy, solar energy, and how Arkansas can improve.

"In terms of solar energy we are 51 in the country, both in terms of how much solar power we generate and what we can use," Sharma said. "So there is plenty of scope to move up."

Sharma said renewable energy is just what it sounds like. He said it's energy from a source which will never be over and is renewed forever.

It's important to discuss this topic, Sharma said, because it allows the United States of America to be energy independent and provide a healthier environment.

"We won't have to import energy sources from other countries," Sharma said.

Sharma hopes more and more people gain an interest in renewable energy.

"This is a very important topic," Sharma said. "This is really significant now, and this is something that is going to become even more important down the road."

More than 100 people attended the conference.

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