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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 >
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Biden’s Solar Support Is ‘Great News,’ Arkansans Say, With Caveats

Scenic Hill Solar CEO Bill Halter said the executive orders will eliminate a "self-inflicted wound" to domestic solar projects. read more >
A crew from Seal Solar of North Little Rock installs solar panels at 107 Liquor in Sherwood.
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics

For Solar, A Threat Is Rising In the EastLock Icon

A U.S. investigation into Asian solar panel exports has stalled two of Entergy Arkansas’ largest sun projects. read more >
Belinda and Samuel Lister of Fairfield Bay have had panels on their roof since June, but still haven’t been interconnected.
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Insurance / Legal / Nonprofits

Co-ops Blocking The Sun, PSC ToldLock Icon

The Arkansas Public Service Commission and lawmakers address the statewide dispute over plugging in. 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 >
The facility that electric vehicle maker Envirotech purchased in Osceola to be its first U.S. manufacturing center
Construction / Manufacturing / Retail

Why Arkansas? Envirotech CEO Says Natural, Man-Made Resources Sparked Interest

Phillip Oldridge also discussed key players in the decision and the company's plans for its new facility. read more >

Scenic Hill Has View From Top of Solar Contractors List

Scenic Hill Solar of Little Rock is named Arkansas’ largest solar energy company on Solar Power World’s 10th annual Top Solar Contractors list. 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 >
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.
Banking & Finance / Construction

Solar Finance Evolves as Big Player Arrives

With deep pockets and unmatched scale, Loanpal opens a planned 100-employee operation in Bentonville and is staffing up. 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 >
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 >

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 >
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 >
Katie Laning Niebaum, executive director of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association, says solar 
customers pay their fair share.
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Solar Jobs on the Line, Insiders FearLock Icon

With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking economic havoc, former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter fears a long-awaited state ruling on solar power policy could threaten $125 million in projects by his firm alone. read more >
Josh Davenport, CEO of Seal Solar Solutions of North Little Rock, with a demonstration model of the Tesla Powerwall. Seal has installed several of the battery units with solar panel projects and is seeing increased interest in storage options.
Agriculture & Poultry / Construction / Energy / Nonprofits / Transportation

Where’s Solar When the Grid Goes Out?Lock Icon

As the planet warms and storms, hurricanes, floods and wildfires intensify, backup power systems are an urgent new market in renewable energy. But take a lesson from windy, fiery California: Even if you have solar panels and sunshine, your home or business could stay dark. read more >
Rusty Tractor Vineyards is off David O. Dodd Road in southwest Little Rock.
Agriculture & Poultry / Construction

Van Buren, Little Rock Companies Add Solar Power

Arkansas Lighting of Van Buren, going back to the earth’s basic light source, the sun, will soon be fully powered by solar energy, the company announced last week. read more >