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AVECC Launches Solar Facility

AVECC Switches on the sun to provide long-term savings for cooperative members.

Van Buren, Ark. – September 30, 2016 – Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative of Ozark officially switched on a 500,000-watt solar array today.  Arkansas Valley partnered with Today’s Power Inc. — a subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. to build the array on 1.5 acres at the cooperative’s Van Buren District Office.

“By harvesting energy from the sun we will be able to provide cost savings by reducing the demand for wholesale power, assist in peak shaving and help stabilize capacity in high-use periods. With a decline in solar prices the last few years and after-tax installed cost, the time was right for the for this facility.” “Our Ten K Solar REFLECT 26 photo-voltaic system is very efficient and requires much less land than other solar array energy options,” said Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative, CEO Al Simpson.

Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative also plans to use the 1,530-panel solar project as a demonstration and education tool for its members and general public.

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