Four organizational meetings were held in in 2014 for the first Arkansas Solar Energy Cooperative. 2015 will be the year we order bulk loads of panels for rooftop arrays and grow solar gardens too.
About 75 interested people attended the first organizational meeting at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in August 2014 for the first solar energy cooperative in Arkansas.
Our second meeting was Sunday, September 21, 3 p.m. (the same day as the People’s Climate March in New York City) We met at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Little Rock. Read the KATV news coverage: http://www.katv.com/story/26589751/group-aims-to-form-states-first-solar-electric-cooperative
Subsequent meetings were held in October and November, 2014 at the Omni Center in Fayetteville and First United Methodist Church in Conway.
AT EACH MEETING
Frank Kelly, Chairman of Arkansas Renewable Energy Association, facilitated discussion of a new initiative in which a group of homeowners, schools, houses of worship, and small businesses might purchase clean energy systems together. Systems are individually owned, but participants benefit from group negotiating power and bulk prices. Through a co-op, you may benefit from significant savings.
To find out if your home or building has a suitable rooftop for a solar system, enter information on the form here: Arkansas Renewable Energy Association
As of December 1, 2014, more than 90 Arkansans had entered their addresses and other information to be evaluated for rooftop solar arrays.