Arkansas National Guard goes green, solar panel field under construction

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – For the last few years, the Arkansas National Guard has focused its efforts on reducing its carbon footprint. 

The Guard says not only is it saving on energy costs, but it’s also making Camp Robinson more environmentally friendly. 

When it comes to power, the Arkansas National Guard has a lot of it. At Camp Robinson, Gib Richardson is working to lessen its voltage. 

“Since 2015 we reduced the energy cost of Camp Robinson by $300,000,” Richardson said. 

He’s been working to pinch pennies on a brand new solar power field. “Once we get it built it will save us $67,000 on Camp Robinson’s electric bill, which is about 5%.” 

They will be using the earth’s atmosphere to help power the base. He says the funding isn’t coming from Arkansans. 

“It’s 100% federally funded, so it’s no cost to the state of Arkansas, so we consider that a win-win,” he said. 

This isn’t the only area where the Guard is going green. Camp Robinson has its own recycling facility that’s self-sustainable. 

The recycling funds employee salaries, the building, the machinery, and more. 

“We’ve come a long way, and we still have a way to go,” Post Command Sergeant Major Vincent Sherrill said. 

The Guard helps people in Arkansas, and now, it’s helping the environment, one sunny day at a time. 

“As good stewards of the taxpayers’ money we believe this is a wise investment,” Richardson said. 

The solar panel project itself is expected to be done within the next 90 days. 

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