April 6, 2021 (Pulaski County)—With a flip of the switch today, County Judge Barry Hyde dedicated a 756-panel solar array near the Pulaski County Detention Center, intended to minimize the county’s expenses for electricity consumption.
Today’s Power Inc. (TPI) formally interconnected the solar project for Pulaski County to the grid, the first of two county-based solar projects planned in 2019. Once completed, both projects combined will equal a total capacity of 86 percent of the county’s existing electricity demand.
“Pulaski County led the effort to open access for non-profits and counties to use reliable, renewable energy in 2019, and now we are proud to have ‘flipped the switch’ on a solar array dedicated to Pulaski County’s use,” said County Judge Barry Hyde.
“This project will result in significant financial savings to Pulaski County. Those savings will allow us to divert funds to more impactful services such as youth services, emergency management, or public works. This is the right thing to do, environmentally and financially.”
Today’s Power, Inc. (TPI) was chosen by Pulaski County in 2019 to provide solar-produced power for county use. Work on the 250-kW system began in late 2020 and was completed in April 2021, after all regulatory and utility approvals were issued. For the length of the 20-year agreement, the county will purchase electricity generated by the array at 4.9 cents per kilowatt-hour. TPI is going to finance, operate and own 100% of the solar array.
“Through technology and partnership, this project exemplifies a forward-thinking approach to meeting Pulaski County’s future needs,” according to TPI President Michael Henderson. “This project will provide Pulaski County with cost-effective energy security, and we appreciate Judge Barry Hyde’s foresight and the county’s willingness to take on a project like this to promote Pulaski County’s environmental and economic development,” he added.
The second phase of this project, which will consist of a TPI 4.6 MW fixed-tilt solar array located in the Little Rock Port Authority Industrial Park, is currently pending approval by the Arkansas Public Service Commission. This system is projected to be completed in 2021.
The solar project is made possible through Act 464 of 2019, passed by the Arkansas General Assembly, which allows governmental entities to net-meter renewable energy purchased from a private producer. This arrangement reduces costs, in part by preserving federal tax incentives available for investments in power-producing solar facilities.
About Today’s Power
Today’s Power, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based utility service cooperative owned by 17 Arkansas electric distribution cooperatives. Today’s Power, Inc. offers turn-key solar photovoltaic systems, energy storage systems, electric vehicles and charging stations for all sizes and applications.
TPI’s unique approach to in-depth analysis of utility rates and billing allows it to design renewable energy systems and manage that energy to maximize the benefits of solar and storage for not-for-profit as well as for-profit entities.
For more information:
Jennah Denney – Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator – Today’s Power, Inc. 501-400-5548 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About Pulaski County
Pulaski County was created in 1818 and is one of Arkansas’s original five counties. Pulaski County is a political subdivision of the State of Arkansas for the administration of justice and local government. It provides services to citizens of Pulaski County, such as housing programs, youth programs, and road and bridge maintenance. Barry Hyde is serving his third term as County Judge.