by Tyler Hale
The solar array is expected to be “among the most advanced systems in the county,” and the array’s output is expected to provide power for 135 homes at peak production. All of the energy produced by the solar array is designed to be utilized locally.
According to a ACEC press release, the array will be a “single-axis tracking array” composed of 3,888 panels, and it will occupy eight acres.
TPI has developed 17 projects in Arkansas so far, mostly in the 1 mega-watt range. The company also has developed projects in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana and Colorado.
A five-acre quail habitat is also being planned and is expected to be launched this fall because of the energy partnership. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will fund the quail habitat.
ACEC, which is headquartered in Hamburg, provides electric service to members throughout Ashley, Chicot and Drew counties in Arkansas, and to Morehouse Parish in Louisiana. TPI is a subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc., and it provides energy storage systems, charging stations and other energy technologies.