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Douglas Hutchings, CEO of Picasolar Inc. and Delta SunEnergy of Fayetteville

Hydrogen Hyperbole? The Future Will Tell

If knowledge is power, last month’s announcement of a breakthrough in harnessing the potential of nuclear fusion is a most literal example. read more >
Douglas Hutchings
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Quest for Solar Modules: Could Arkansas Make Hay?

The state has two solar fields on hold, but CEO of Delta Solar says now is the time for solar power. 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.
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Future of Arkansas Solar Starting to ClearLock Icon

Recent rulings in a five-year regulatory battle over solar energy policy in Arkansas leave two conclusions as sure as the sun rising in the east: More solar arrays are coming, and the fight over who will build them goes on. read more >
Katie Laning Niebaum, executive director of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association, says solar 
customers pay their fair share.
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Niebaum Leaves AAEA, for 2 Good Reasons

Katie Laning Niebaum has left the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association and is set to give birth to identical twin girls any minute. read more >
Douglas Hutchings, CEO of Picasolar Inc. and Delta SunEnergy of Fayetteville
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Picasolar CEO Doug Hutchings Keeps Solar Manufacturing Current

Douglas Hutchings, CEO of Picasolar, foresees growth in the regional manufacture of solar panels as the market continues to expand. read more >
Bill Halter | CEO of Scenic Hill Solar of Little Rock
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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 >
UA electrical engineering alumnus Emmanuel Decrossas was responsible for the MarCo CubeSat, which went to Mars alongside the 2018 Insight lander.
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Arkansas Electrical Engineers Ride a Power Surge

Arkansas’ college programs in electrical engineering are thriving, with enrollment up over the past 10 years in all of the state’s accredited programs. read more >
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Solar Leads Way as Net Metering Has Record Year

More than 350 Arkansans added on-site generation systems in 2017, raising the state's number of net-metering customers from 633 to 988, a 56 percent increase. read more >
Douglas Hutchings, CEO of PicaSolar, a Fayetteville innovator in solar panel technology. PicaSolar took the top prize in the graduate division at the Governor’s Cup in 2013. The startup now has additional funding and nine employees.
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Startups and More Bubble Up from Governor’s CupLock Icon

Over nearly two decades of the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup competition, just over $2 million in prize money has been given to teams of college students with entrepreneurship ideas deemed promising by competition judges. read more >
Douglas Hutchings, CEO of Picasolar, speaks to the crowd Wednesday at the dedication of the UA startup's new headquarters at the Arkansas Research and Technology Park.
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Picasolar CEO Doug Hutchings Has Big Reason for Staying in ArkansasLock Icon

The CEO of Fayetteville startup Picasolar says one anchor is a new capital campaign to raise $3 million for his business, which uses advanced techniques to improve solar cells and reduce their costs. read more >
On a peak day in August, this solar array in East Camden supplied 12 megawatts of power for Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corp.
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Solar Power On the Rise in Arkansas

There’s nothing new under the sun? A quick glance around Arkansas, where solar power projects are popping up all over, shows just the opposite. read more >
Bill Halter
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Bill Halter’s Scenic Hill Solar Lands Big First Projects, With L’Oreal

Scenic Hill Solar, led by former Arkansas lieutenant governor Bill Halter, has landed big work for its first projects — the multimillion-dollar job of putting thousands of solar panels on two L'Oreal USA cosmetics factories in North Little Rock and Florence, Kentucky. read more >
Corey Thompson of WattGlass.
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WattGlass of Fayetteville Gets $679K SunShot Grant

WattGlass of Fayetteville gets a $679,413 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to help commercialize its anti-reflective glass coating technology. read more >
Douglas Hutchings, CEO of Picasolar, speaks to the crowd Wednesday at the dedication of the UA startup's new headquarters at the Arkansas Research and Technology Park.
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Picasolar Dedicates New HQ at UA Tech Park

The 2,300-SF space in the Enterprise Center at the UA tech park will enable Picasolar, an Innovate Arkansas client firm, to reduce the time it takes to produce its patent-pending product. read more >
Picasolar CEO Douglas Hutchings displays one of the solar cells his company is developing as part of a federal intitiative.
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Picasolar Gets New Funding, Works to Scale Innovative Solar Cell

Fresh off a new round of federal SunShot Initiative funding and a $1.2 million round of equity capital, Fayetteville's Picasolar will spend the next 10 to 12 months scaling its solar cells to meet the industry standard. read more >
Douglas Hutchings (center), explains the Picasolar technology to Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe with UA electrical engineering professor Hameed Naseem (left) after Silicon Solar Solutions received a 2013 SunShot Incubator Award. 
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Picasolar Receives $800k DOE Grant for Solar Efficiency

The $800,000 DOE grant will be matched by $200,000 from Picasolar. Douglas Hutchings, CEO of both Picasolar and Silicon Solar Solutions, said the SunShot awards are the most prestigious and competitive grants a solar startup can receive. read more >
Bill Halter
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Bill Halter Named to Picasolar Board of Directors

Fayetteville solar startup Picasolar has named former Arkansas lieutenant governor Bill Halter to its board of directors. Halter served as the state's 14th lieutenant governor from 2007 to 2011. read more >
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Fayetteville’s Silicon Solar Solutions Included in DOE SunShot Program

The DOE awards $12 million to fund 17 projects across the country, including startups working on breakthrough technologies in photovoltaics. Silicon Solar of Fayetteville is one of those startups. read more >

Investor Sees ‘Billion Dollar Plays’ Among Arkansas Startups

Permjot Valia, an international entrepreneur and angel investor, tells the second-annual Arkansas Commercialization Retreat that he sees several Arkansas startups that are capable of "billion dollar plays." read more >
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A Look at Picasolar’s Impressive 2013 Run

Picasolar is a University of Arkansas graduate-level startup which created a technology that improves solar cells. It's made an impressive run through the 2013 cycle of national business-plan competitions. read more >