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The largest water supplier in Arkansas is hustling to get construction of its solar project rolling this summer.

Central Arkansas Water is seeking an expedited hearing with the Arkansas Public Service Commission for regulatory approval of the proposed 4.8-megawatt array on the western edge of Cabot.

The solar project will occupy about half of the 74-acre site that CAW acquired for $600,000 last year from Eric John Hodoway and Ashley Hodoway Fussell.

CAW will have an option to purchase the facility after five years from its owner-developer, Scenic Hill Solar of North Little Rock.

The project will hook into the power grid via Entergy Arkansas, the biggest of three electric companies that provide power to CAW.

The 12,300-panel array has the capacity to reduce CAW’s annual Entergy bill by 23%. That’s a savings of about $667,000, based on the water company’s $2.9 million electric bill with the utility during its most recent fiscal year, which ended August 2019.

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