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Longtime North Arkansas Electric Cooperative CEO Mel Coleman has been elected to the board of North Little Rock solar energy provider Today’s Power Inc., along with Blytheville financial planner Diana Holmes.
Coleman, former president of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, is also a current director for Today’s Power’s parent company, Little Rock’s Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc., as well as the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp.
Holmes, secretary-treasurer of the Mississippi County Electric Cooperative board, is also an AECC and AECI director. The two will fill the positions of Leon Philpot, who recently retired as CEO of Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative, and Sean Holland, whose term expired.
“It’s stressful losing experienced directors,” TPI President Michael W. Henderson said in a statement, “but the appointment of Mel and Diana, who have provided valuable leadership at the local, state and national levels, helps alleviate the stress. We … look forward to their leadership and insights as TPI continues its growth.”
Today’s Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of AECI, has built utility-scale solar generation plants for 14 of the state’s 17 electricity distribution cooperatives, as well as for private customers like the Husqvarna lawn equipment factory in Nashville (Howard County).
A Pocohontas native, Coleman joined the Salem (Fulton County) electric cooperative in 1988 after graduating from Arkansas State University and spending a decade in radio and television. After a brief stint at the Bank of Salem, he joined NACC as member service manager. He became CEO in January 2001. The cooperative, which also has offices in Mountain Home and Ash Flat, serves more than 30,000 members in Baxter, Fulton, Izard, Lawrence, Marion, Sharp and Stone counties.
Holmes graduated from North Little Rock High School and earned her bachelor’s and master’s in mathematics from the University of Arkansas. A veteran of the computer consulting, programming and data processing industries, she is a certified financial planner with Holmes Financial Services Inc. of Blytheville. Like Coleman, she served on the board of the Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange, which provides insurance to electric cooperatives nationwide.
Today’s Power has completed more utility-scale solar projects than any Arkansas-based company, it says, specializing in rate analyses, site evaluations, engineering procurement, design, commissioning, monitoring and operating projects.