The South Central Service Cooperative (SCSC) solar array, located at its headquarters in Camden, is now commissioned and operational.
Dedicated to innovation and sustainability in reducing their carbon footprint, the SCSC solar project was designed to offset the energy use of the campus of the educational cooperative.
Projected to supply nearly 99 percent of the SCSC's energy consumption, the system is capable of producing over 185,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually.
SCSC Director Karen Kay McMahen said that, “This project exemplifies partnership and investing in our community.”
The project consists of 324 panels. It began when the director reached out to Ouachita Electric Cooperative (OECC), seeking a solution that would lower energy bills.
Once OECC conducted an evaluation of the SCSC facilities, it was suggested that SCSC consider solar energy as a power alternative.
“Our goal at OECC is to help our members receive the lowest cost, most sustainable and most efficient energy available,” said Mark Cayce, CEO/general manager of Ouachita Electric Cooperative.
Choosing North Little Rock's Today's Power, Inc. (TPI) as its energy partner, the agreement with TPI will mean savings from the purchase power agreement that will be reallocated to services for local school districts, children and SCSC and OECC's local community .
“We are excited to partner with SCSC as they fulfill their mission” said Michael Henderson, President of Today’s Power, Inc. “Embracing leading edge technology so all of their member schools receive benefits of lower cost and contributing to a cleaner environment is sending the right message to the 15,954 students they represent,” he said.
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