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Today’s Power Inc. of Little Rock broke ground Wednesday on its 13th solar power project for an Arkansas electric distribution cooperative, this one a 1-megawatt array for Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative in Texarkana.
The endeavor will leave only four of the state’s 17 cooperatives without a TPI-built solar power plant.
“We are proud to announce this solar powered partnership,” TPI spokeswoman Jennah Denney told Arkansas Business. “Today’s groundbreaking makes this the 13th of the 17 cooperatives to add 1 megawatt of solar to their portfolio.”
On about eight acres near the co-op’s Texarkana headquarters, construction will feature 3,800 photovoltaic panels in a single-axis tracking array. The system is designed to ease peak summer demand at SWAECC, which serves nearly 33,000 meters on 4,500 miles of distribution lines.
“Our partnership with Today’s Power allows us to add 1 megawatt of renewable generation to our portfolio and improve the quality of life for our members,” SWAECC President and CEO Wayne Whitaker said in a statement. “Our mission is to provide first=class electric ervie to the community that is safe, reliable and affordable.”
TPI President Michael Henderson praised SWAECC’s forward thinking, and predicted “substantial savings for the members … for the next 25 or 30 years.”
Today’s Power is a wholly owned subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc., the Little Rock utility service cooperative owned by the 17 Arkansas electric distribution cooperatives.