Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation have signed agreements with TAEBC member Silicon Ranch Corporation, a Nashville-based renewable energy provider, which will build and manage what will be the largest solar field in Arkansas. The 12-megawatt project will be constructed in Highland Industrial Park, located in the city of East Camden, and will occupy approximately 100 acres. It will serve to provide predictable energy costs as well as contribute to ongoing clean energy development and economic growth in the region.
A unique business approach to a common vision of adding clean solar power to the Arkansas electricity mix has brought customer Aerojet Rocketdyne and its utilities, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) and Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corporation (OECC), together.
Under its agreement, Aerojet Rocketdyne will purchase solar power for the 1,200-acre site it leases in East Camden. Silicon Ranch Corporation is expected to complete the project in late 2015. Once completed, the plant will provide clean supplemental daytime power to Aerojet Rocketdyne and will be capable of generating enough electricity to power the equivalent of 2,400 single-family homes. Excess solar energy will be released to AECC and integrated into the cooperative’s diverse generation portfolio.
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