C&L Electric Goes Solar, Flipping the Switch Digitally

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C&L Electric Cooperative Corp. in Star City had its virtual moment in the sun Monday as the power cooperative held an online switch-flipping ceremony for a new 1-megawatt solar array now generating power on eight acres near its headquarters.

The project was in partnership with Today’s Power Inc. of Little Rock, the sun array design-and-installation subsidiary that’s wholly owned by Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc., the Little Rock utility service cooperative owned by the state’s 17 distribution cooperatives.

TPI designed the 3,800-panel array, which will track the sun with a single-axis system. The utility said the project will help it secure a portion of its energy costs at a set price over the 25-year warranty for the system. The cooperative is also proud that the energy source is clean and renewable.

“This is TPI’s first flip-the-switch dedication of the year, with more to be announced this quarter,” Today’s Power’s public relations coordinator, Jennah Denney, told Arkansas Business. She said the digital ceremony to energize the array was a precaution in the COVID-19 age. She also linked to a YouTube video publicizing the project.

“At C&L Electric Cooperative, our mission is to provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity to our members to enhance their quality of life,” said C&L General Manager and CEO Greg Smith.

The Star City (Lincoln County) cooperative serves more than 22,000 members and owns and maintains more than 4,300 miles of distribution power lines.