Ask Renewable Rayna: Solar Industry’s Environmental Impact
Largest solar array on city land in Arkansas to start operating July 1
As much of the world is shifting its focus to cleaner power, solar energy has seen a significant rise in importance.
But what does this shift in clean energy really mean when it comes to the environmental effects of solar energy? Rayna is here to provide some insight.
Winners Announced for the 2019 ADEQ Environmental Awards
Construction is on schedule and on budget for the largest solar array on city-owned land in Arkansas, and the 10-megawatt system is expected to begin operating July 1, said Matt Irving, vice president of operations for Today’s Power Inc. (TPI)
GROUNDBREAKING SOLAR/ STORAGE PROJECT IN ARKANSAS
The fourth annual Arkansas Environmental Technology (TECHe) Award was presented to the Husqvarna Group. The Husqvarna Group is the world’s largest producer of outdoor power products. The Group operates a Plastic Injection Molding Manufacturing Operation in Nashville. In 2015, the manufacturer launched “Sustainovate,” an innovation-based initiative to make sustainability a real competitive advantage for the Group and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by one third before the end of 2035. As a result, in 2017, Husqvarna installed a 1.4 megawatt solar array at the Nashville facility in partnership with Today’s Power, Inc..
Finalists Selected for the 2019 ADEQ Environmental Awards
“This project is an example of how utilities and large scale power consumers can meet the needs of the future through innovation and partnership,” says Mitchell Johnson, president and CEO of Ozarks Electric.
Storage Is An Industry Game Changer
Finalists have been selected for the 2019 Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Environmental Awards. This year marks the 15th annual Arkansas Environmental Stewardship (ENVY) Award, the 4th annual Arkansas Environmental Technology (TECHe) Award, and the 3rd annual Arkansas Energy Excellence (E2) Award.This is the 2nd year that the ADEQuest Science Award will be presented. Congratulations to our clients, Husqvarna Group and Craighead Electric Cooperative for being nominated!
Energy Storage for Arkansas Utilities
During my 37-year career in the utility industry, one constant has always been that electricity must be generated as consumed because you can’t store electricity. Commodities such as natural gas can be stored in pipelines, storage facilities, liquified natural gas facilities, etc., however, electricity has always been viewed as a real-time, use it or lose it commodity. You can store energy produced by electricity in other forms such as water in a pumped storage or impoundment that can generate electricity, however, it is not truly electricity being stored. The new battery storage systems can actually store electricity.
NAEC Energizes 1 MW Solar Project in Salem
“Ozarks Electric Cooperative is the first utility in the Mid-South to lead the charge on energy storage in partnership with the City of Fayetteville, who has accomplished 72 percent of their renewable energy goals with this project,” TPI spokesperson Jennah Denney says, adding that TPI is currently deploying the only energy storage system in the Mid-South.
“Our goal is to provide our members with reliable, affordable power,” Coleman said. “New technologies have made solar generation a viable way to help us accomplish that.”