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Star City Lands Solar Power Project As Today’s Power, C&L Electric Team Up

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Star City hopes to live up to its name with a new electric generation plant fueled by the nearest star, the sun.

C&L Electric cooperative, based in the Lincoln County seat, broke ground Tuesday with partner Today’s Power Inc. of Little Rock on a 1-megawatt solar array near the nonprofit co-op’s headquarters in Star City.

The 3,800 photovoltaic panels will cover about eight acres, and the system is designed to offset summer peak demand on the distribution cooperative, which serves about 22,000 meters over 4,400 miles of power lines in eight south Arkansas counties.

The solar facility is among about two dozen built by Today’s Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc., the Little Rock utility service cooperative owned by the state’s 17 electric distribution cooperatives. Today’s Power has built about a dozen similar systems for Arkansas co-ops.

“At C&L Electric Cooperative, our mission is to provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity to our members,” said Greg Smith, the co-op’s CEO and general manager. “We are happy to partner with Today’s Power with this solar project and take a step into the renewable energy space.”

Today’s Power President Michael Henderson said the project would provide significant savings for C&L members for the next 25 to 30 years, and “help to stimulate the economy of Lincoln County.” He added that the partnership would invest in C&L’s service territory and the Star City school system.

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