To its list of solar energy breakthroughs like the first sun-powered city, county, bank and bakery, Arkansas can now add its first solar-powered liquor store.
Sherwood’s 107 Liquor on Kiehl Avenue has a new 137-panel rooftop array installed by Seal Solar of North Little Rock, and the system is expected to offset nearly 100% of the store’s electricity use. The 55.4-kilowatt system should produce about 68,000 kilowatts of power per year, officials with the store and Seal Solar say, providing an estimated $316,000 in total energy savings over the next 30 years.
“Our store has a prominent and easily accessible location off a major thoroughfare in Sherwood,” owner John Crow said in a news release. “We hope that because of our visibility and diverse customer base we will inspire those who visit, or see the panels from the road, to embrace renewable energy themselves and invest in the future of our town.”
Seal co-founder and CEO Josh Davenport, a native of nearby North Little Rock, called 107 Liquor “a mainstay of the community for as long as I can remember.” He said he felt pride “to see a local business adopting solar and making renewable investments in the future of our area.”