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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."
Construction

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 >
Katie Laning Niebaum, executive director of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association, says solar 
customers pay their fair share.
Construction / Energy / Real Estate / Tourism

Keeping Eye on Sparrow, and Solar Power’s Ascent

Katie Laning Niebaum is back in the energy game, working part time for a group that has established itself as a somewhat unlikely policy titan in solar power: the Audubon Society. read more >
Bill Halter, CEO of Scenic Hill Solar, marks the opening of a 35-kilowatt array for the Little Rock Audubon Center.
Construction

Scenic Hill Solar Hails Projects for Audubon, CAW

Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is walking on sunbeams this spring, skipping from one public solar power project to another as CEO of Scenic Hill Solar of North Little Rock. read more >
Courtney Little
Construction / Education / Manufacturing / Restaurants & Food

Here Comes the Sun, and the Solar Testimonials

Batesville Schools Superintendent Michael Hester told of solar energy savings from an Entegrity-built system that funded raises of at least $4,000 a year for the nearly 250 teachers on his payroll. read more >
The median of the tree-lined entry is awash in wildflowers at the new Bank OZK headquarters in west Little Rock.
Banking & Finance / Construction / Public Companies

PSC, FDIC Sign Off on Bank OZK’s $6M Solar Array

Bank OZK of Little Rock gets approval from the Arkansas Public Service Commission and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to build a 4.8-megawatt solar power plant. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Construction / Government & Politics

Stuttgart Rice Mill Cleared for Big Solar Project by Scenic Hill

Producers Rice Mill Inc. and Scenic Hill Solar of North Little Rock have regulatory clearance to build the state’s largest commercial solar power and battery storage system at the mill’s site in Stuttgart. read more >
Stuttgart High School in Stuttgart
Construction / Education / Energy

Scenic Hill, Stuttgart Schools Hold Solar Ribbon Cutting

Officials of Scenic Hill Solar and the Stuttgart School District cut the ribbon on the school system’s first solar power system Jan. 19 on Old England Highway in Stuttgart. read more >
Construction / Energy / Real Estate

Arkansas and Energy: A Business Convergence

The stars, and particularly that fiery ball just 92 million miles from us, have aligned for Arkansas Business’ debut column on energy, a new monthly feature. read more >
Construction / Education / Government & Politics

City of Greenwood, White County Schools Join Solar Bandwagon

Scenic Hill Solar CEO Bill Halter is accelerating his quest to take solar energy to schools and towns across the state with $3 million in new projects, one for Greenwood and the other for White County Central School District in Judsonia. 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 >
Tad Bohannon
Construction / Government & Politics

PSC Approves New CAW Solar Array, a First for a Net Metering Unit Above 1MW

The Arkansas Public Service Commission gave its blessing Wednesday to Central Arkansas Water’s plan to draw power from a large project with Scenic Hill Solar of North Little Rock. read more >
Construction

Scenic Hill Solar Begins $6M Project for Camden Partnership

Scenic Hill Solar of North Little Rock and four Ouachita County entities break ground on four solar arrays to be built mostly before the end of the year. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

Clarksville Celebrates 100% Renewable Power for City Operations

City officials and executives with Scenic Hill Solar of North Little Rock and Clarksville Connected Utilities cut the ribbon Wednesday on the Johnson County seat’s second solar power plant. read more >
Tad Bohannon, CEO of Central Arkansas Water,  at the Ozark Point treatment plant in Little Rock.
Agriculture & Poultry / Business Services / Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Nonprofits / Real Estate

Central Arkansas Water Renovates Treatment Plants, Goes SolarLock Icon

The largest supplier of water in Arkansas expands its service and holdings ever westward. read more >
Construction

List of Solar Leaders Includes Shine, Scenic Hill and Seal Solar

Three Arkansas solar companies are soaking up some recognition from Solar Power World, which listed Scenic Hill, Seal Solar and Shine Solar to its 2020 Top Solar Contractors list. read more >
Entergy Arkansas received regulator approval for a 100-megawatt solar array, known as Searcy Solar. The array, similar to one in this file photo, will also be the first by a utility in Arkansas to feature battery storage, 10 megawatts' worth.
Government & Politics

Entergy Promotes a Revised Solar Purchase Option, Expecting PSC Approval

Just weeks after state regulators rejected an Entergy Arkansas plan to sell solar power at lower rates to customers like cities, counties and school districts, Arkansas' largest electric utility has submitted a revised plan for approval. read more >
Entergy Arkansas Inc.'s Little Rock headquarters.
Government & Politics

Utilities, Allies Contest Landmark Net Metering Ruling

Entergy Arkansas has asked for a rehearing of last month’s state regulatory decision to keep compensation at retail levels for power put onto the grid by customers with solar generation systems interconnected to utilities under net metering. read more >
Education / Government & Politics

Scenic Hill Breaking Solar Ground in Hot Springs, Stuttgart

In a second major groundbreaking in a week, Scenic Hill Solar of North Little Rock will begin construction Thursday with a 1 p.m. ceremony for a long-awaited sun energy project for the city of Hot Springs. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics

PSC’s Long-Awaited Net-Metering Ruling Favors Solar Industry

The Arkansas Public Service Commission ended four years of wrangling over pricing rules for solar power Monday, pleasing the solar installation industry with a ruling that keeps compensation high for power put back onto the electric grid by residences and small business power systems of less than 1 megawatt. read more >
Central Arkansas Water intends to plug into a solar array that will be developed on half of a 74-acre location the utility acquired last year on the western edge of Cabot. (Parcel dimensions approximate.)
Construction / Energy / Real Estate

Central Arkansas Water Finds Place in the SunLock Icon

The largest water supplier in Arkansas is hustling to get construction of its solar project rolling this summer. read more >