Lightsource bp and Conway Corp celebrated the completion of the 135-MW Conway Solar at Happy project in White County, Arkansas. The occasion marks a significant milestone in the partnership’s shared vision of advancing Arkansas’s energy security and independence, while creating tangible benefits for the local community and environment.
The solar farm will deliver clean energy to Conway Corp under a power purchase agreement with Lightsource bp. Conway Solar is projected to generate enough clean energy to power 21,000 homes.
“Work on this project began in 2019 and it is one of the most significant projects for Conway Corp since our incorporation in 1929. I’m proud of the team that worked on this project and the way it fulfills key parts of our mission by providing reliable and environmentally sound electricity to our community,” said Bret Carroll, CEO at Conway Corp. “I also appreciate our partnership with Lightsource bp, they have been great partners from the very beginning.”
Lightsource bp developed, financed, constructed and will operate the project, a $125 million private capital investment in new energy infrastructure for Arkansas.
Project creates benefits for people and the planet
The Conway Solar project not only generates emissions-free energy for healthier air but has created an opportunity to advance pollinator conservation in the area. Working with the Arkansas Monarch Conservation Partnership, Lightsource bp and Conway Corp have established a five-acre native pollinator garden within the solar farm, featuring 46 varieties of Arkansas native plants. This garden is crucial in providing habitat and nectar for at-risk monarch butterflies and other pollinators that support our food supply.
“At Lightsource bp, we believe that a solar farm can be so much more than an energy facility. By sharing in this vision, our partners at Conway Corp are bringing a host of benefits to their community, from affordable energy to ecosystem health, economic development and beyond,” said Emilie Wangerman, interim chief operating officer at Lightsource bp USA.
The project uses solar modules from Arizona-based First Solar, smart solar trackers from New Mexico-based Array Technologies and steel from Attala Steel in Mississippi.
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