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As costs go down, solar power rises in Arkansas; homeowners, businesses installing panels

By Emily Walkenhorst

This article was published October 22, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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RUSSELLVILLE -- In the shadow of factories and white plumes of air from the Nuclear One power plant, 30 solar panels sit atop Joshua's Fine Jewelry in downtown Russellville.

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RBear says... October 22, 2017 at 8:26 a.m.

Great article on the changing energy environment in our nation. Arkansas is finally starting to jump on this bandwagon with the electric cooperatives leading the way. With prices continually dropping, alternative energy is quickly becoming more cost effective than some fossil fuels. Renewables, especially home solar projects, are also job creators for more Americans than coal could ever be. They are proving to be the true job creators of our nation.
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That being said, I'm amazed that some states including Arkansas continue to fight this trend and not offer tax incentives. These projects help diversify our energy portfolio, create jobs LOCALLY, and help improve our environment. They offer long-term energy stability for our nation. Yet, some right wingers will fight providing incentives because of out of date thinking.
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Why would you make such massive investments in a dying industry such as coal when you can see where the future is headed? There are so many benefits in helping grow this industry it's a no-brainer.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... October 22, 2017 at 12:52 p.m.

Well, if everything for soler power was made in America, it would be a win-win deal. But sadly not.

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RBear says... October 22, 2017 at 1:52 p.m.

DDDK regardless whether it is or not, this is win-win for all. There are American companies manufacturing solar today and are trying to get their costs competitive. I disagree with applying tariffs to solar products being imported as that does no good other than to artificially prop up a market.
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The number of jobs created by solar is AMAZING compared with coal and the benefits of the product are even more AMAZING. Solar just adds to the portfolio and helps diversify our energy resources. Think about it. A vast energy source hitting us every day that we just ignore, yet we try to prop up a source that is dwindling, spend millions to extract, and it damages our environment. Besides, the less we extract the more that will be in reserve IF it's ever needed again.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... October 22, 2017 at 2:23 p.m.

I will take reliability over "AMAZING".

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RBear says... October 22, 2017 at 3:18 p.m.

DDDK, when you consider a diverse energy portfolio you get far more reliability than with a few sources. Renewables are meant to allow us to conserve those other sources with a constant source that will be there long after we're all gone. By using renewables, we avoid having to use fossil fuels and allow more stockpiling when needed. It just make SO MUCH SENSE to push renewables more and conserve the other sources.
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For some reason, those on the right see this as a binary decision which shows disturbing short-sightedness. Progressives see this as yet another source to help create diversity in the portfolio. Quite frankly, it shows how much right wingers lack in strategic planning and why they shouldn't hold the wheel when driving policy. Your comments reflect that ignorance.

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gohogs17 says... October 22, 2017 at 4:18 p.m.

How is solar energy stored for future use?

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TimberTopper says... October 22, 2017 at 5:40 p.m.

moz, your chant of put the miners back to work, seems to be a thing of the past more and more.

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TimberTopper says... October 22, 2017 at 5:44 p.m.

hog, in a battery.

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GCW says... October 22, 2017 at 6:29 p.m.

Solar is not here yet. When Walmart and other box stores start converting their square miles of roof space into solar arrays then I will believe it. Surely they've run the numbers. You would think solar power would save them bazillions in cooling costs on hot summer afternoons.

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RBear says... October 22, 2017 at 6:34 p.m.

When I talked about stockpiling, what I meant and what many energy experts agree is to stockpile fossils while using renewables. It's a pretty ingenious strategy, especially when you consider the on-demand capabilities of natural gas compared with coal. In fact, if you add in home solar the need for coal diminishes even further, essentially obviating it completely.

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