Solar power in Arkansas

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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]


Source: NREL[10]
Photovoltaics (MWp)[11][12][13][14][15]
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%

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  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?
  10. ^ "PV Watts". NREL. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  11. ^ Sherwood, Larry (August 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2011". Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  12. ^ Sherwood, Larry (June 2011). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2010" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 20. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  13. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2010). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2009" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 23. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  14. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2009). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2008" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  15. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2012" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 

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