Distributed Energy Resources

Jonesboro CWL unveils development of 13.25-MW solar system

Public power utility Jonesboro City Water and Light (CWL) in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in partnership with TurningPoint Energy (TPE), on April 28 announced the development of a solar power system totaling 13.25 megawatts.

The system will be the first solar power project for CWL and will be developed and constructed as a turnkey solution by TPE, a clean energy development company working with utilities throughout the United States to customize solar projects.

Construction is planned to begin in the summer of 2021 and the system should be operational by December of 2021.

CWL will own the system, which will generate an estimated total of 24,292 megawatt-hours during the first year of operation.

“With the impending cease to use coal dates of 2028 and 2030 for our coal plants at White Bluff and Independence respectively, this resource will be a great addition to our generation portfolio,” said Jake Rice, Manager, CWL. “It will provide clean, sustainable energy and price certainty for our customers for many years.”

CWL noted that the solar power system will support 125 jobs in Arkansas in the form of consultants, engineers, construction, and related workers.