Tag Archives: solar

Producers Rice, solar firm ink deal to build solar project

More than 18 months in the works, Producers Rice Mill and Scenic Hill Solar finally received approval from the Arkansas Public Service Commission to build a 26-megawatt DC solar power plant combined with up to 40 megawatt-hours of energy storage capacity. When completed, it will be the largest commercial solar plant and battery storage system in the state. The project ... Read More »

New year, new government, new priorities

Every spring brings transformation. It’s a new year, a new growing season, and this year there’s a new president in the White House. The Biden administration will be made up of both fresh and familiar faces, and one thing we can expect is a renewed focus on the environment. While this may be a point of concern among other sectors, ... Read More »

National Ag Law Center offers guidance on solar leases

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With a spike in the solar industry, many landowners are leasing their property to solar developers as a form of extra income. However, these specialty leases present some unique legal concerns. The National Agricultural Law Center has published two guides to help landowners navigate solar leases. “The Farmland Owner’s Guide to Solar Leasing” and “Understanding Solar Energy Agreements” are meant ... Read More »

Arkansas farm family strives to reduce rice’s carbon footprint

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At the edge of Chris Isbell’s rice field, three miles south of Bayou Meto, the famous duck-hunting wetland, Ben Runkle tight-rope walks the narrowest of bridges, a one-by-12 plank spanning two cinderblock towers. He’s proud of the bridge, designed and built it himself, so he and his students can reach the meteorological tower on the other side of the field’s ... Read More »

Let the sunshine in

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Solar systems help growers cut electric bills while raising their environmental stature. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Chris Isbell, a partner in a family-owned farming operation near Humnoke, Arkansas, looks at his 300-kilowatt solar-generation system as just another crop. “Essentially, we’re farming the sun anyway,” he says. “Any crop you raise is just a power plant for the sun. ... Read More »

Solar technology is heating up in Arkansas agriculture

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Fields across Arkansas seem to be sprouting solar panels as multiple growers take advantage of the one thing they can count on: the sun. Solar energy is catching on with Arkansas farmers, which is a trend that is very promising for the state, says Rick Cartwright, head of the Cooperative Extension Service for the University of Arkansas System Division of ... Read More »