The Springdale Public Schools system is embracing the solar wave, with a new solar facility and battery storage project.
The district is partnering with Ozarks Electric Cooperative and Today’s Power Inc. (TPI) on the 2.4 megawatt solar facility with 7 megawatts of battery storage. The facility will be located near Sonora Middle School in Springdale.
This new solar facility is projected to meet 95 percent of the energy needs for Don Tyson School of Innovation, Sonora Middle School and Sonora Elementary School. Ozark Electric members are also expected to reap benefits from the project as a result of reduced whole demand cost due to the battery storage.
“Ozarks Electric is proud to work with Springdale Schools to help increase their renewable footprint and aid in a project that embodies their mission and values,” Ozarks Electric CEO Mitchell Johnson said in a statement. “This project demonstrates how we explore innovative ways to bring solutions and services to our members that provide economic, energy-efficiency and sustainability benefits.”
Strategic placement and utilization of battery storage through the tri-lateral partnership of Springdale Schools, Today’s Power and Ozarks Electric creates an opportunity to save approximately $2.3 million dollars for our members over the next 25 years.”
Ozarks Electric will lease the battery storage from Today’s Power.
“We are always looking for ways to provide beneficial renewable energy solutions in our local communities,” Today’s Power president Michael Henderson said. “Collaborating with Springdale Public Schools and Ozarks Electric is a fantastic way to expand the use of renewable energy in Northwest Arkansas while also educating our youth about the advantages of renewable energy.”
The solar project requires Arkansas Public Service Commission approval.