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Scenic Hill, Stuttgart Schools Hold Solar Ribbon Cutting

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Officials of Scenic Hill Solar and the Stuttgart School District cut the ribbon on the school system’s first solar power system Jan. 19 on Old England Highway in Stuttgart.

The solar generator is a public-private partnership providing 1.3 megawatts of DC capacity to produce close to 90% of the power used in school district operations. A second phase of the project, involving 200 kilowatts of power, remains under review by the Arkansas Public Service Commission, which regulates state utilities.

The school district bought the property for the solar array last year. The second solar facility is expected to provide the final 10% of power for the 1,500-student school district. The plants, according to Scenic Hill, will produce 2.5 million kilowatts of electricity in their first year of operation and will comprise 3,700 solar modules using fixed-tilt and single-axis tracking technology.

The project will reduce carbon emissions by nearly 50,000 metric tons over 30 years, the news release said, the equivalent of 122 million passenger car miles.

Scenic Hill provides clients with low-priced long-term electricity under contract or delivers turnkey solar power plants to customers, depending on their needs.

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