The Conway Corp Board of Directors in Arkansas this week approved a 20-year purchase power agreement with Lightsource BP to be the offtaker for a 132-MWdc solar project in White County, Ark.
Lightsource BP will finance, build, own and operate the facility and will deliver the solar energy it generates to Conway Corp under the fixed-rate power purchase agreement.
The Conway Solar project is located on 700 acres near Happy, Arkansas, approximately 55 miles northeast of Little Rock. It will supply clean energy to Conway Corp’s customers in the city of Conway and help the city reduce its carbon footprint.
In addition to providing fixed, low-cost power, the project will create 250 jobs during the construction of the facility, said Lightsource BP.
Lightsource BP’s model of developing, owning and operating their projects means that the company is committing to be a long-term partner of the local communities in Arkansas. Their approach includes community engagement, maximizing local benefits, and development of a site-specific long-term land management plan that will optimize environmental benefits of the project in order to help improve the land.
The project is expected to go online at the end of 2022. Lightsource is a 50:50 joint venture with BP.