FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) - New legislation could make switching to solar energy more accessible as an energy option.
Audobon Arkansas held a campaign kickoff meeting in Fayetteville Wednesday evening to discuss what regulatory roadblocks currently exist in our state.
Arkansas is ranked 11th in the country for solar energy capacity and nearly last in solar infrastructure, according to the organization.
Chris McNamara said the proposed legislation could help more people make the switch to solar.
"You wouldn't have to take out tens of thousands of dollars to finance that project. You could work with a company who would own it and you could lease it from them so it wouldn't be such a massive burden for so many people," City of Fayetteville Sustainability Project Manager Chris McNamamara said.
Audobon Arkansas Field Organizer Lauren Karpinski said Arkansas ranks 31st for the amount of solar installed and 43rd for solar policies.
Thanks to Arkansas Canoe Club members and Friends of Fourche Creek volunteers Cowper Chadbourn and Kendal Strayhorn, there are now river mile markers along the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail. This 4.4-mile stretch of Fourche Creek winds through beautiful bottomland hardwood forest. Access points are at Benny Craig Park (upstream) and Interstate Park (downstream).