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Grant for Arkansas Solar Power Actually Bigger Than Announced

The federal grant for rooftop solar development is $93.6 million, as opposed to the $62 million the EPA originally announced. read more >
Construction / Education / Energy / Government & Politics / Industry

Little Rock Goes Green: Sun Hog Solar Negotiates Deal to Power 70% of Municipal Electricity

Sun Hog is a subsidiary of Scenic Hill Solar and hopes to build a 4.9-megawatt solar array to supply about 70% of the municipal government’s electricity needs. read more >
Business Services / Education / Energy / Media & Marketing / Technology

Advanced Energy Expo Set for Students, Industry Pros, Job Seekers and Educators

Students will learn about a growing industry long before embarking on their careers, and industry leaders will be kept abreast of the latest technologies in the field. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

Utilities Answer State Order Seeking Plans on Federal Funds

Regulators wanted to know whether utilities will take advantage of programs offering millions of dollars in incentives for energy-saving projects and new power transmission connections. Arkansas’ biggest utilities said yes, but with considerable qualifications. read more >
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Public Companies / Retail

Lost Generation: Solar Power Shines Bright as Coal Plants Prepare to RetireLock Icon

New solar plants will help offset the loss of the two coal plants, which are set to close in 2028 and 2030. read more >
Energy / Legal

Ruling Tells Cooperatives To Cease Solar Practices

Electric cooperative members are now free from burdensome constraints to solar power net metering since a judge’s ruling in May, Arkansas Advanced Energy Association Director Lauren Waldrip says. read more >
Austin Taylor, an installer with Delta Solar of Little Rock, performed maintenance tasks last week on an array that provides 10% of the power used by the city of England.
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics

2024 Solar Deadline Poses Challenges for DevelopersLock Icon

Recent legislation changing Arkansas’ solar power policy has solar developers scrambling. read more >
A solar power farm installed by Delta Solar of Little Rock for the Woodlawn School District.
Energy / Government & Politics / Legal

Solar Debate and Emerging Law

The Arkansas House voted last Thursday to pass the legislation cutting utility credits to solar power-generating customers basically in half. read more >
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Legal

Bill to Cut Solar Panels’ Return on Investment Clears State Senate

The amended bill will essentially halve the credit that utilities pay to customers — both residential and commercial — who generate their own power. read more >
A solar installer at a job financed via Loanpal, which finances sustainable home projects. It opened a planned 100-worker operation last month in Bentonville.
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Businesses, Nonprofits Rally Behind Solar Power, Against New Bill

They say the legislation, which would roll back net metering, would cripple the industry. read more >
Lauren Waldrip, executive director of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics

PSC Ruling Gives Solar Industry a Year-End Lift, Extending Rate Lockdown

Once approved, the measure expected to clear the way for a billion dollars’ worth of solar energy projects planned in the state. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks to the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association on Oct. 12, 2022
Energy / Government & Politics

Key Net-Metering Provision to Expire With New Year, Industry Warns

Lack of certainty around the rule could hold up a billion dollars' worth of projects planned in the state. read more >
Washington County's 2.01-megawatt, 5,400 panel solar system on its south campus near Clydesdale Drive in Fayetteville.

Sun Power Up Above, Battery Power Below

More and more renewable energy-related businesses are popping up across Arkansas, including solar projects and lithium mining for EV batteries. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks to the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association on Oct. 12, 2022
Energy / Government & Politics

State Poised to Extend Solar ‘Grandfathering’ Deadline, Governor Says

The governor told the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association that he envisions an extension of at least two years. read more >
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics

What Grandfather Has to Do With Solar

Arkansas Advanced Energy Association Executive Director Lauren Waldrip discusses their priorities with solar going forward. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics / Legal

Katie Anderson to Replace Ted Thomas as Arkansas PSC Chair

She currently serves as an administrative law judge on the state Workers' Compensation Commission. read more >
Energy / Transportation

Questions Rise as Entergy Plans For EV Chargers

Entergy's proposal drew opposition from independent companies hoping to compete as the need for charging stations grows. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Energy

Solar: One Piece of the Energy Puzzle (Letter to the Editor)

Now more than ever, we recognize the need to diversify our energy sources to help ensure energy security. read more >

A Big Deal for Energy, Tinged Green All Over

Incentives for buying EVs, renewable energy production and domestic manufacturing look particularly good for Arkansas businesses. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Energy

Farmers Reap the Benefits of Going SolarLock Icon

Farmers and Arkansas solar developers are defending a boom in agricultural solar these days as the Russian invasion of Ukraine threatens world grain supplies and sun power awaits new incentives from the Inflation Reduction Act. read more >