The largest solar farm in Arkansas will be running in Fayetteville in 2019. This move will heighten clean energy use by city facilities in Fayetteville from 16 percent to 72 percent. By 2030, the city of Fayetteville plans on running solely on clean energy.
The Fayetteville City Council voted unanimously to approve the largest solar farm in Arkansas. The farm will require 87 acres of land but will save Fayetteville nearly $6 million over 20 years.
The savings from the solar farm are already being divided however. There have been debates between commissioners whether to increase funding to Helena-West by $700,000 for a drinking water project now costing $4.2 million with the savings from the solar farm.
The solar farm agreement is between Fayetteville, Ozarks Electric Cooperative, and Today’s Power, Inc.