E2 Energy Excellence Award Past Winners

The E2 Energy Excellence Award, since 2017, recognizes organizations that demonstrate outstanding leadership by implementing forward-thinking initiatives in areas of energy efficiency and resilience.

2018 E2 Energy Excellence Award Winner

Arkansas Rural Internet Service (ARIS) was named the recipient of the second E2 Award. ARIS is the first partnership in the United States between an electric company, Ouachita Electric Cooperative (OECC), and a local telephone and internet provider, South Arkansas Telephone Company (SATCO). Through the collaboration, SATCO built a three-acre, 120 kilowatt solar farm, and OECC is providing its existing electric poles to run the fiber optic cable. By 2021, ARIS expects to provide high-speed internet service to 4000 plus residents in a rural, five-county area of South Arkansas that has been largely unserved. Due to the low cost of the solar power and the avoidance of the need to trench and bury the fiber optic cable, costs to the customers are kept to a minimum.

The other finalists were:

On January 21, 2018, Arkansas State University–Newport (ASUN) “flipped the switch” on a 739 kilowatt photovoltaic system—an array consisting of 2112 solar panels. The array is the largest publicly owned solar array in Arkansas that is not owned by a utility. It is expected to generate over one million kilowatt hours annually. The total energy cost avoidance over a 20 year period is expected to total more than $2.64 million. ASUN is now using solar power to support fifty percent of the electric consumption of its campus.

In addition, ASUN made $2.2 million in energy-efficient upgrades and improvements across its three campuses. Every interior and exterior light has been upgraded to LED technology—6591 fixtures. Older HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) units were replaced with high-efficiency units. Every building on the campus is now connected by an integrated control system that can be monitored and adjusted from any location. The energy management and control system incorporates automatic daily and weekend temperature setbacks.

Clarksville Light and Water Company (CLW) partnered with Scenic Hill Solar to build a 6.5 megawatt solar array. Completed in December 2017, the array has 20,000 solar panels that track the sun throughout the day. It produces approximately eleven million kilowatt annually, and supplies twenty-five percent of CLW’s residential electricity load. The project uses technology that helps CLW reduce its peak electricity demand, and because the array is generating electricity within CLW’s service territory, the company avoids transmission charges. The power plant will save Clarksville about $500,000 a year on electricity costs. The array is also displacing power from a provider that is using primarily coal and natural gas fired power plants. The solar plant will reduce the generation of 7607 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.