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Solar power in Arkansas

Solar panels

Solar power in Arkansas on rooftops can provide 19% of all electricity used in Arkansas.[1]

Net metering is available to all residential consumers up to 25 kW and 300 kW for non-residential users, but is lost once a year at the end of the 12 month billing cycle, which needs to be in the spring to avoid losing excess summer generation.[2] IREC best practices, based on experience, recommends no limits to net metering, individual or aggregate, and perpetual roll over of kWh credits.[3] A rebate program is available for systems up to 25 kW that pays $1.50/kWh generated during the first year of operation.[4] A 5 kW system, costing $17,500 after receiving a 30% federal tax credit, would produce about 6484 kWh/year, providing a rebate of approximately $9,726. The federal tax credit is available through 2016. In 2010 the Fayetteville Public Library installed a 13.5 kW solar array,[5] and received a rebate for the 20,547 kWh generated of $30,821.10.[6]

A map of installations is provided by the Arkansas Energy Office.[7] The largest company in Arkansas, and occasionally the world,[8] set a goal in 2005 of being powered 100% by renewable energy. By April 2012 they were generating 4% locally, mainly from rooftop solar panels, and overall using 22% renewable energy.[9]

Statistics

Source: NREL[10]
Photovoltaics (MWp)[11][12][13][14][15][16]
Year Capacity Installed % Change
2009 0.2 0.2
2010 1.0 0.6 400%
2011 1.1 0.1 10%
2012 1.5 0.6 55%
2013 1.8 0.2 13%

See also

References

  1. ^ Report Argues for a Decentralized System of Renewable Power Generation
  2. ^ Freeing the grid
  3. ^ Net Metering and Interconnection Procedures Incorporating Best Practices
  4. ^ Renewable Technology Rebate Fund
  5. ^ Fayetteville Public Library
  6. ^ Green Energy Production Produces Sizeable Rebates
  7. ^ Solar
  8. ^ List of Companies with Highest Income/Revenue
  9. ^ Just how far along is Walmart on its sustainability journey?
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External links

  • Incentives and policies
  • Arkansas Solar Installations
  • Arkansas Renewable Energy Guide
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