FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) – One-hundred percent of clean energy could be a reality in the city of Fayetteville.
The city in partnership with Ozark Collective Cooperative and Today’s Power Inc. held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, March 4, on the largest solar power system in municipal land.
It is the only system in the state with an on-site utility scale, raising the clean energy consumption from 16 percent to 72 percent for city facilities.
This project is also predicted to save the city approximately $6 million over 20 years.
“Solar panels will actually follow the path of the sun as it moves across the sky east to west every day,” Fayetteville Director of Sustainability, Peter Nierengarten, said. “It gives us about a 15 percent bump in terms of the energy production and electricity production from the solar panels.”
The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019, and operations will begin shortly thereafter.