Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC) of Little Rock has entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES) to purchase up to 100 MW AC of energy that will be produced by an 800-acre solar farm near Crossett, Ark., in 2021.
RES developed Crossett Solar and will also construct the project. The facility, consisting of over 362,000 solar panels, is expected to create as many as 175 jobs during the peak of construction, with up to three permanent jobs once construction is completed, says RES. Located in Ashley County, Crossett Solar is expected to begin construction in early 2021.
“The addition of the 100 MW of solar capacity produced by the Crossett Solar Energy Farm will provide AECC with additional reasonably priced power that is ultimately delivered to the more than 1.2 million electric cooperative members in Arkansas,” says Duane Highley, president and CEO of AECC. “AECC’s generation fuel portfolio now includes more than 17 percent of hydropower, solar, wind and biomass generation, which supplements our traditional generation facilities.”
AECC, a generation and transmission cooperative, provides wholesale power to Arkansas’ 17 electric distribution cooperatives that provide electricity to approximately 500,000 homes, farms and businesses in Arkansas and surrounding states.
“We’re excited to work with Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. again, and we are pleased to help AECC bring solar energy to the cooperative members,” adds Graham Reid, RES’ CEO for the Americas. “We look forward to bringing economic benefits and jobs to the state of Arkansas and to a community that has supported us throughout the project development cycle.”