The city of Bearden broke ground on two 200-kilowatt (kW) solar power systems for municipal use, officials announced.
Once constructed, the city will only be responsible for purchasing the kilowatt-hours (kWh) generated from the systems, not for their ongoing operation and maintenance, helping keep the city’s energy costs stable and manageable. The project represents a partnership with Today’s Power Inc. and Ouachita Electric Cooperative.
“The City of Bearden places a high value on being excellent stewards of our natural resources,” Mayor Ginger Bailey said. “Bearden is committing to contribute to a healthy environment while also saving the city money through this solar project. We will be able to accomplish both thanks to our partnership with Today’s Power.”
The arrays will be tailored to ensure maximum efficiency, and construction will begin in the early fall.