Stuttgart firm OK’d for 2-acre so­lar farm

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - — Stephen Steed

Strat­ton Seed Co. in Stuttgart has been ap­proved by the state Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion to build a so­lar farm that will gen­er­ate enough power for the com­pany’s four lo­ca­tions across the Grand Prairie re­gion of east­ern Ar­kan­sas.

Strat­ton be­gan de­sign­ing the project in Fe­bru­ary 2016, ap­plied to the com­mis­sion in Septem­ber and won the com­mis­sion’s ap­proval June 30, said Heath North, who led the project for Strat­ton, which sells and pro­duces seed for soy­beans, rice and wheat.

North said Strat­ton is the first net-me­ter­ing cus­tomer ap­proved by the com­mis­sion to build a so­lar farm of more than 300 kilo­watts. The so­lar farm will gen­er­ate 1 megawatt.

The com­pany wants to break ground by the end of sum­mer or early fall and have the farm op­er­a­tional by the end of the year, North said.

The so­lar farm will be on 2 acres at the com­pany’s main fa­cil­ity on U.S. 79 west of Stuttgart.

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