Stuttgart firm OK’d for 2-acre solar farm
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.