Arkansas County Pursues Solar

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Howard County, Ark., is partnering with McKinstry, a national construction and energy services firm, to deliver energy-saving upgrades and replacements to critical systems at county facilities, including the HVAC system at the county courthouse building. The centerpiece of the energy project is a new 240 kW solar PV array, which will significantly reduce energy costs and provide the county with a reliable source of power.

Notably, the solar array is expected to provide the county with nearly 100% of its annual energy consumption.

“A solar array is something I might never have considered if not recommended by McKinstry,” states Kevin Smith, Howard County judge. “I commend them for finding a way to introduce a renewable energy source that, above all else, provides real cost-savings, which allow the county to pay for critical maintenance and upgrades with zero cost burden for taxpayers. This project will have a profound impact on our county courthouse and several other key county facilities for years to come.”

This project comes on the heels of McKinstry’s launching a national renewable energy services team.

“The near-net-zero sizing of this PV array demonstrates that solar energy increasingly makes smart financial sense for a broader range of geographies and project types,” says Michael Grabham, McKinstry’s regional vice president of energy and technical services. “McKinstry is helping Howard County and a wide range of other communities and organizations engineer projects that pay strong financial dividends for years to come while also incorporating sustainable, renewable energy benefits.”

Installation of the Howard County solar PV array and energy retrofits projects are currently underway, with an anticipated December completion date.

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