United Arkansas Credit Union Goes Solar in Southwest LR


United Arkansas Credit Union Goes Solar in Southwest LR
Seal Solar CEO Josh Davenport, COO Heather Nelson and Jefferson County Judge Gerald Robinson at the dedication of the state's first county-owned solar array this month. Seal Solar, based in Little Rock, has installed a solar array for United Arkansas Credit Union in southwest Little Rock, making it Arkansas' first sun-powered financial institution. (Kerry Prichard)

United Arkansas Credit Union of Little Rock is claiming its spot in the sun as the state’s first solar-powered financial institution, President and CEO Michael Armstrong says.

Seal Solar Energy Solutions of North Little Rock has installed a photovoltaic array at the credit union’s $1.3 million facility at 8405 Interstate 30 in southwest Little Rock. The solar plant is expected to generate more than 16 megawatts of electricity per year.

The array also augments a headquarters designed “to provide 21st-century banking to an underserved market,” a company press release said. The facility, with pods and an open concept, features a central lobby with energy-efficiency features and is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays.

“From our services to facilities, United Arkansas Credit Union is modernizing banking,” Armstrong said in a statement. “With these energy savings, we can double down on member experience.”

Heather Nelson, Seal Solar’s co-founder and chief operating officer, praised United Arkansas for its “forward-thinking investment,” and said her company was happy to continue “leading the charge on solar design and installation in Arkansas.” The company recently installed the state’s first fully county-owned solar plant for Jefferson County in downtown Pine Bluff. She sees Seal’s mission as helping “homeowners, businesses, government entities and farmers control their rising energy costs and save money.”