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Nick Gorden

Education / Energy

Shine Solar Adds School On the Job

With a $250,000 investment, Shine set up its own electrical school with video and conferencing equipment so employees could attend virtually. read more >
The future site of Envirotech's production facility at 1425 Ohlendorf Road in Osceola.
Investments / Manufacturing / Retail / Transportation

Envirotech’s Osceola Move Came with Serendipitous StartLock Icon

Two chance meetings in Utah, one with a solar energy executive and the other with an Arkansas senator’s daughter, led to the state getting on electric vehicle maker Envirotech Vehicles Inc.’s radar. read more >

Shine Ranks 34th on National List of Home Solar Contractors

When brothers Nick and Caleb Gorden formed Shine Solar of Rogers five years ago, they expected sunny days and some storms, but they didn’t expect to be on a national magazine’s list of the nation’s top residential rooftop solar installers. read more >
Nick Gorden
Small Business

Shine Solar’s Gorden Is Finalist for Entrepreneurship Award

Nick Gorden, chief executive officer of sun power provider Shine Solar of Rogers, is a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 Southwest Award. read more >
Solar dealers say a top-of-the-line Tesla battery might cost $19,000, but lesser-known or smaller models might get the price down "to ten or 12 thousand."

Batteries Surging, But Arkansas Solar Leaders Feel Price Pressures

More solar customers — seeking independence and self-reliance — are requesting storage batteries for their systems. read more >
David Chidester
Business Services / Construction

Shine Solar Adds Former Overstock.com Exec David Chidester

Shine Solar of Rogers is flexing its expansion muscles, announcing the hiring of former Overstock.com CFO David Chidester as its first CFO adviser. read more >
Matt Bell, partner in Entegrity of Little Rock, foresees more distributed generation of electric power in the future, and expects a boom in solar projects to continue across Arkansas.
Government & Politics

COVID Relief Deal Bolsters Sun Power; Ozarks Electric Announces ‘Solar Park’

Solar power contractors in Arkansas are calling tax incentives and other provisions of the $900 billion COVID-19 relief plan a boost for the renewable power industry. read more >
John Ekdahl of AEV Solar of Little Rock with a homeowner and client for a residential array in London (Pope County). Entergy’s Arkansas Nuclear One is visible in the background.
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Will the Sun Set on Solar’s Tax Break?Lock Icon

Solar businesses fear the toll as U.S. tax credits, now 26%, are set to fall to 22% in 2021 and to 10% for commercial projects only in 2022, barring policy shifts. read more >
Mark Cayce is the general manager of Ouachita Electric Cooperative in Camden. OEC and South Arkansas Telephone company have teamed up to help provide high-speed internet in rural south Arkansas were in many places, dial-up is the only option.
Construction / Government & Politics

At Advanced Energy Event, Solar Power Fuels a Surprise Rate-Cut Plan

Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corp. of Camden will seek the state's first utility-wide electricity rate decrease tied to savings from solar power. read more >
Seal Solutions CEO Josh Davenport, winner of the Advanced Energy Rising Star Award at the Empowering Arkansas conference that was held in Little Rock Tuesday. His company won the Advanced Energy Business Innovation Award.
Construction / Energy

AAEA Honors Chris Ladner of Entegrity, Josh Davenport of Seal

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association toasted the state’s sustainable power and energy efficiency leaders Tuesday at the trade group’s Empowering Arkansas conference. read more >