Comparatively, Arkansas got a late start concerning solar panel installations. It was not until the first part of 2018 that the state witnessed any significant solar projects completed. However, the state now ranks 32nd nationwide with 140 megawatts of installed solar capacity.
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Here are some key numbers about the state’s solar installation activity to date;*
- Approximately 118 megawatts of solar capacity was installed in 2018.
- Arkansas has 34 solar companies, enabling the employment of approximately 369 people.
- About $140 million was invested in the state in 2018, the cumulative total monetary solar investment is $181 million.
- Prices for solar have decreased 47 percent over the last 5 years.
One of the most notable utility-scale solar projects in Arkansas is the Stuttgart Solar Energy Center. This 81 megawatt system can provide electricity to more than 13,000 homes and provided hundreds of construction jobs.*** Another notable project is named Silicon Ranch. This pv system can provide electricity to more than 1,300 homes and comes in at a capacity of 12 megawatts.*
Arkansas has a good net metering program which credits customers at the retail rate for electricity in the state. Residential solar panel systems are allowed to be 25 kilowatts in size.**
About 18 solar panel contractors now operate in the state. These solar installers can be found Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Fayetteville, Springdale, Jonesboro, Hot Springs, Stuttgart, Fort Smith, El Dorado, Rogers, and Conway to name a few. The state can actually boast a decent percentage of their total installed solar capacity coming from the residential sector.*
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*Information and figures gathered from seia.org.
**Information and figures gathered from dsireusa.org.
***Information and figures gathered from solarpowerworldonline.com.