Southside Public Water Authority and Southside School District have partnered to implement co-located solar arrays, with the help of Little Rock energy consultant company, Entegrity. By sharing a site and reducing fixed costs, Entegrity reports that the Water Authority and School District increased the amount each will save over the life of the projects—estimated at $1M and $2.3M, respectively.
Southside School District is a school district in Southside, a town located south of Batesville, in Independence County. The Entegrity team designed the systems and is currently on-site for construction.
Water treatment and distribution make up the majority of the Water Authority’s energy consumption. Southside Public Water Authority’s new 480 kW array will significantly reduce its operating expenses and bring more renewable energy to the state.
“Our services attribute to the daily activities of our community, so we wanted this project to be both environmentally beneficial and fiscally responsible. Adding this infrastructure adds value to our facilities and helps us stabilize the impact of energy on our customers’ water rates for the coming years,” stated Southside Public Water Authority Manager, Scott Williams.
The District’s 1.44 MW array is expected to be completed by early 2022. “Southside schools and taxpayers will benefit from this project as it greatly reduces the cost to keep our facilities running. We can now shift school funds from utility bills to education efforts,” added Dion Stevens, Southside School District Superintendent.
Senator James Sturch (R-AR) commented, “Southside Public Water Authority and Southside School District become better stewards of the community and boost our area’s economic development with this venture. As a proponent of the Solar Access Act, I’m excited to see Southside take advantage of solar energy.”