Two new solar arrays will be going up in Star City, with a joint groundbreaking held Thursday, Oct. 15 for both.
The Star City School District (SCSC) and Yorktown Water Association (YWA) are both investing in solar energy. Today’s Power is developing the solar arrays, which will occupy 12 acres of land. The North Little Rock energy company will own the arrays and will sell energy to SCSD and YMA under a 20-year Solar Power Services Agreement.
The SCSD 1-megawatt single tracking axis array is expected to generate approximately 1,975,000 kilowatt-hours in its first year of operation, or 75 percent of the district’s energy usage. The remaining energy will be provided by C&L Electric Cooperative.
The YMA single-axis tracking array will generate 500 kilowatt-hours and provide roughly 64 percent of the association’s energy needs. In the first year, the solar array will generate 1,014,000 kilowatt-hours.
“This project will help keep the cost of providing water low for all of YMA’s customers. This investment will also provide an economic boost to the southeast Arkansas region”, TPI president Michael Henderson said in a statement.