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Bearden goes solar

City of Bearden, alongside Today’s Power, Inc., Flips the Switch on 2 solar sites to drive economic development and savings to citizens. by Bradly Gill | February 23, 2023 at 5:00 a.m.
Photo by Today's Power Mayor Stephens Harry Brown and Mayor of Bearden Ginger Bailey flip the switch on one of two solar arrays in Bearden built by Today's Power, Inc..

BEARDEN, AR -- Bearden officials, in collaboration with Today's Power, Inc., flipped the switch on two 200-kilowatt (kW) solar arrays for municipal use on Monday, February 20th.

"The City of Bearden places a high value on being excellent stewards of our natural resources," Mayor Ginger Bailey said. "Bearden is committing to contribute to a healthy environment while also saving the city money through this solar project. We will be able to accomplish both thanks to our partnership with Today's Power."

TPI managed the engineering, procurement, and construction of the solar sites, while Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corporation (OECC) and Entergy continue to maintain the sites' existing electricity connections. The city will only be responsible for purchasing the kilowatt-hours (kWh) generated from the systems, not for their ongoing operation and maintenance, power generated by the two arrays will be used to serve the citizens of Bearden.

Derek Dyson, President/CEO of Today's Power, Inc. said "TPI is extremely proud to partner with the City of Bearden on the two projects within the city. The City's team of professionals helped the TPI Team ensure timely installation and enabled TPI to provide competitive pricing for the benefit of the citizens and businesses of the city."

About City of Bearden:

Bearden is located in Ouachita County. The town was an important center for the timber industry and was a railroad town along the Cotton Belt Railway Line. Its city limits were created in 1882 by the Southwest Improvement Association, an agency of the Railway Land Office. The town was named after one of the lawyers for the agency, Judge John T. Bearden.

About Today's Power, Inc.

Today's Power, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based utility service cooperative owned by 17 Arkansas electric distribution cooperatives. Today's Power, Inc. offers turn-key solar photovoltaic systems, energy storage systems, and EV charging stations for all sizes and applications.

TPI's unique approach to in-depth analysis of utility rates and billing allows it to design renewable energy systems and manage that energy to maximize the benefits of solar and storage for not-for-profit as well as for-profit entities.

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