Category: Success Stories
Ozarks Electric Cooperative of Fayetteville signs with Today’s Power, Inc.
One megawatt AC ten K Solar array to provide community solar project for cooperative members
Little Rock, Ark. — Sept. 4, 2015 — Today’s Power, Inc. (TPI) recently reached an agreement to provide a one-megawatt AC solar array for Ozarks Electric Cooperative of Fayetteville. Ozarks Electric plans to offer its members the opportunity to subscribe to solar energy produced by the system.
“This will be the first utility-scale, member-owned solar power generation facility in Arkansas,” said Mitchell Johnson, president/CEO of Ozarks Electric. “Many of our members have indicated a strong interest in their cooperative providing opportunities to allow them to participate in a cost-effective, solar energy program. We are pleased to partner with TPI to deliver a great offering to our members.”
The Springdale-based system, which is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2016, will involve an array of approximately 4,080 panels and encompass approximately 3.99 acres on a six acre site. The output of the energy produced by the array could provide for the power needs of up to 160 homes, according to Michael Henderson, president of TPI.
“The solar project includes a ten K Solar (TKS) REFLECT 26 photovoltaic system,” Henderson said. “This system provides superior energy density and requires much less geographic space than other solar energy options. It’s a unique configuration that gets up to 20 percent more energy than traditional solar systems.”
Troy Scarbrough, vice president of engineering of Ozarks Electric Cooperative, said the safety attributes and unique architecture of the solar panels along with the efficient use of land are among the reasons that the cooperative selected the TPI product.
Johnson said the project will not be subsidized by members that choose not to participate.
“This solar project provides our members with an affordable solar energy option,” he said. “Our members will benefit from the energy produced at the facility in the form of savings in wholesale power fees and related costs. This will allow subscribers to lock in today’s low cost for the next 25 years.”
Today’s Power, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based utility service cooperative owned by 17 Arkansas electric distribution cooperatives. AECI provides pole line hardware sales, vendor managed inventory services, utility construction services, vegetation management services, high voltage testing and safety services, management and education. TPI is an authorized distributor and installer for TKS photovoltaic systems in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Missouri.