by Arkansas Business Staff
The Husqvarna Group announced plans in June to build a 1.3-megawatt solar facility at its injection molding plant in Nashville (Howard County), but the global power equipment firm didn’t say who the contractor would be.
Today’s Power Inc. of Little Rock, the Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. subsidiary rumored to be the contractor, couldn’t answer yes or no at the time but now can.
Today’s Power will break ground on the project on Nov. 8, according to Jennah Denney, TPI’s director of marketing. The solar array is expected to be in operation by the end of the year. No cost estimate was provided.
Husqvarna, which employs 13,000 worldwide and makes lawnmowers, blowers, trimmers and such, has three facilities in Howard County.
The Stockholm company has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by a third before 2035, and it describes the Nashville project as the first solar energy project of its kind in the outdoor tool industry.
The array is expected to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 52,000 tons over its 25-year lifespan, the company said.
Today’s Power has been increasing its solar work for private companies after building small utility-scale arrays for electric cooperatives in Arkansas and Oklahoma. It is working on a 120-kilowatt array for South Arkansas Telephone Co. in Hampton, and Denney says more projects are in the pipeline.