NAEC dedicates new solar array

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative has unveiled its first owned generation source in its nearly 80-year history. A one-megawatt solar array was constructed by Arkansas Electric Cooperatives subsidiary Today's Power, Inc. on eight acres of land along U.S. Highway 62/412 near Salem.

The single-axis tracking array consists of 4,009 solar panels, and a statement from the cooperative says its partnership with Today's Power will provide renewable energy and demonstrate how the cooperative is seeking to be a good steward of the environment. Today's Power offers turn-key solar photovoltaic systems, energy storage systems, electric vehicles and charging stations.

Quail Forever is an organization dedicated to wildlife habitat conservation, and it will develop a habitat important to wildlife within the region. The goal is to create habitats for butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects, cottontail rabbits, bobwhite quail and other birds. Plans also call for wildflowers to be sown in the fall.

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative serves more than 36,650 active accounts in seven counties. For more information, go online to naeci.com.

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