SAU Tech Unveils Completed Solar Facility

Originally in Arkansas Money & Politics

Southern Arkansas University Tech (SAU Tech) has completed and unveiled its new 1-megawatt solar facility.

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Occupying 10 acres, this facility is set to provide approximately 70% of the educational institution’s energy needs.

Speaking at the Ouachita Electric Cooperative’s (OECC) 80th annual meeting, Dr. Jason Morrison, SAU Tech Chancellor, said SAU Tech is working to take the lead among Arkansas higher education institutions in terms of adopting solar technology. This innovation, he says, is one way of spurring growth in south Arkansas.

Working with Today’s Power, Inc., SAU Tech has built a single-axis tracking solar array that features 3,344 panels, which is designed to be sustainable for more than 25 years. The solar facility is located near Ouachita Electric Cooperation’s solar array in Holly Springs.

In 2019, Today’s Power has developed five utility-scale solar projects. The company also has 12 projects in development or in construction for the remainder of 2019.

Jennah Denney