Aerojet Rocketdyne and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation have signed agreements with Silicon Ranch Corporation to construct and manage the largest solar field in Arkansas. To be constructed in Highland Industrial Park in East Camden, the 12-megawatt project will occupy approximately 100 acres, providing predictable energy costs while also contributing to ongoing clean energy development and economic growth.
Aerojet Rocketdyne will purchase solar power for the 1,200-acre site it leases in East Camden. Silicon Ranch Corporation will complete the project in late 2015 and provide clean supplemental daytime power to Aerojet Rocketdyne, generating enough electricity to power the equivalent of 2,400 single-family homes.
The 12-megawatts (which produce zero emissions) will serve both Aerojet Rocketdyne and AECC, a generation and transmission electric cooperative providing reliable and affordable wholesale power to 17 electric distribution cooperatives, including Aerojet Rocketdyne’s utility service provider, OECC.
“We are excited to partner with Aerojet Rocketdyne in developing the first, large-scale solar project in Arkansas. This would not be possible without the participation and support of AECC and OECC. We believe this clean-energy investment will spur positive economic, environmental and social advantages for the region,” said Matthew Kisber, president and CEO of Silicon Ranch Corporation.