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Ted Thomas
Energy / Government & Politics

Update: Ted Thomas Resigns from PSC for Private Sector

The news of Thomas’ resignation came immediately on the heels of a fierce notice of recusal from a solar interconnection case. read more >
An aerial view of the solar array that powers Peoples Bank of Sheridan 
Banking & Finance / Energy

With Sheridan Array, Peoples Bank Goes 100% Solar

The photovoltaic array is projected to save Peoples a quarter-million dollars in energy costs over the next 30 years. read more >
Katie Laning Niebaum • President of Delta Solar of Little Rock
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Delta Solar’s Katie Niebaum: Nation Moving to Clean Energy Economy

The president of Delta Solar of Little Rock brings a background in business ownership, politics and advocacy to her new role. read more >
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Arkansas Industries Attempt to Divine The Post-Pandemic FutureLock Icon

Some, like the hospitality industry, are bracing for a long, slow return to pre-COVID vitality. Others, like the energy sector, see a quicker recovery after the early swoon. Some trends seem baked into expectations, like reliance on home-based employees and the technology they use. read more >
Seal Solar President Heather Nelson said that the citizens of Arkansas "fought for change, they won, and yet the fight continues to see the law implemented.”
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics

4 Years in Making, PSC Ruling Pleases the Solar IndustryLock Icon

Net-metering decision, with caveats, keeps credit equal to retail power rate. read more >
Buddy Hasten
Government & Politics / Nonprofits

New, ‘Exciting’ AECC Boss: Solar Power Must Compete Evenly

Buddy Hasten says the rate that net-metering customers get now is far out of whack with market pricing and with the basic economic tenet of supply and demand. read more >
One of Lexicon’s two planned solar plants will be on 336 acres south of Carlisle. Seal Solar is building the array, along with a second project in Blytheville, where Lexicon has a facility.
Agriculture & Poultry / Banking & Finance / Construction / Energy / Manufacturing / Public Companies / Real Estate

Private Sector Businesses Ready to Bask in SolarLock Icon

Private-sector corporations in Arkansas are taking the spotlight with multimillion-dollar solar power projects, with a goal of cutting costs. read more >
Don Kittler of Kittler Farms in Carlisle owns the largest individually owned solar farm in the state, he says, a net metered 2.9-megawatt array east of Lonoke that will power 90% of his operations.
Agriculture & Poultry / Banking & Finance / Construction / Government & Politics / Manufacturing

Solar Projects on a Roll With PSC Ruling in Offing

Carlisle farmer Don Kittler looked out at his 18-acre field east of Lonoke, beaming at row after row soaking up the sun. But these weren’t the usual rows of corn, soybeans and rice he farms on 10,000 acres of in Lonoke and Prairie counties. read more >
Ted Thomas

Advanced Energy Leaders on Marquee For AAEA’s Eighth Annual Gathering

The state's chief utility regulator and its energy secretary will lead a parade of business leaders, policymakers and contractors examining energy industry trends Tuesday at the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association's annual meeting and conference. read more >
This solar power array by Scenic Hill Solar powers Clarksville Connected Utilities, the Johnson County city’s municipal utility.
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics

Arkansas Cities, Counties Get Their Day in the SunLock Icon

Arkansas cities, counties and school districts are taking advantage of new financing to save money by going solar. read more >
Adam Fogleman

Pulaski, Washington Counties Plan Solar Savings for Taxpayers

After four years of looking at options, Pulaski County has put solar power "squarely in the pipeline" with a bid proposal for building a multimillion-dollar sun farm on county property, a project expected to save taxpayers 25-35% on an electric bill that once ran $1.2 million a year. read more >

Katie Niebaum, Arkansas Advanced Energy Association (40 Under 40)

After a dozen years in Washington working for U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln and the National Restaurant Association, Katie Niebaum returned in 2016 to lead the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association. read more >
Bill Halter | CEO of Scenic Hill Solar of Little Rock
Government & Politics

Net Metering Had Biggest Year as Solar Surged in 2018

Arkansas has its biggest year of solar power installation ever in 2018, and the reason’s no mystery to Bill Halter. read more >
Woodruff Electric board members, leadership and employee and Today's Power executives break ground on a 1-megawatt array in Forrest City.
Construction / Government & Politics

Solar Report Finds Strong Growth in Arkansas

As Arkansas legislators moved to open up Arkansas' solar energy landscape with a new law, a national trade group noted this week that the state had its biggest year of solar installation ever in 2018. read more >
Government & Politics

Legislators Give Final OK to Bill Supporters Say Will Boost Solar in Arkansas

Arkansas’ sun power industry scored a major victory Tuesday afternoon at the state Capitol as the state House approved legislation to allow third-party financing of solar arrays. The measure, already cleared by the state Senate, will open up solar power options for non-taxed entities like nonprofit corporations, government agencies and schools. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

Solar Bill Advances Along With Energy Efficiency Measure

A bill that supporters say could more than double solar power construction in Arkansas moved a step closer to final passage Monday in the General Assembly, one of two pieces of energy legislation cleared by the Joint Energy Committee at the state Capitol. read more >
David Wallace
Energy / Government & Politics

Solar Energy Bill Clears Senate, Heads to House Committee

Arkansas senators Wednesday passed by a 28-2 vote Senate Bill 145, a key legislative priority for Arkansas’ solar power industry. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

Senate Panel Unanimously Advances Key Solar Industry Bill

A key legislative priority for Arkansas’ solar power industry advanced in the state Legislature Tuesday as the Senate Insurance & Commerce Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 145. read more >
Mark Cayce, Ouachita Electric’s CEO, shows off a display on the benefits of efficient lighting, a key part of the co-op’s PAYS program.
Construction / Education / Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Nonprofits

A Champion of Solar Rises In South: Ouachita ElectricLock Icon

As CEO of Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corp. in Camden, Mark Cayce has seen the light, and it is solar. He has made sun power a cornerstone of innovative programs serving a high-tech corner of Arkansas: the defense manufacturing cluster in East Camden, home to a 12-megawatt solar array that was the largest in the state when it was built three years ago. read more >
Katie Laning Niebaum
Business Services / Education / Energy / Government & Politics

Efficiency Summit to Give Public Entities Ways to Save Energy

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality are partnering to give energy service providers a forum for offering tips, exhibits and insights on energy conservation possibilities. read more >