Delta Solar of Little Rock has commissioned a 512-kilowatt solar array for the Woodlawn School District in Cleveland County, a system designed to offset 80% of the district’s electricity consumption.
Delta Solar and school officials expect the system to save the district $1.5 million in energy costs over the two-decade-plus life of the array. The school system recently invited Delta Solar team members and local dignitaries to a board meeting on campus to celebrate the commissioning, according to a news release.
“Our school board members took a thorough look at Delta Solar’s proposed project and saw the tremendous value it could provide our district,” Superintendent Kevin Hancock said in a statement. “I am particularly excited about the learning opportunities our solar energy system will bring our students as they think about career opportunities down the road.”
The 1,280-panel array will produce 763,600 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, enough clean energy, compared to conventional methods of electricity generation, would equal taking 85 passenger cars off the road per year. The 570-student school district in Rison, about 20 miles south of Pine Bluff, plans to use the solar array as part of its curriculum. The district has about 80 faculty and staff members.
Delta Solar CEO Douglas Hutchings, an engineering Ph.D. and solar panel expert, said he and his company were proud to be involved in the project. “This project aligns with our mission and values of education and delivering best-in-class solutions to our clients, with a focus on rural communities. We believe it is valuable to expose young people to cutting-edge industries, like Arkansas’ fast-growing solar sector.” He often describes Delta as an educational organization “that also designs and builds solar arrays.”