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Nashville Factory to Become the First Solar Powered Facility for Husqvarna Group

Husqvarna Group is building its first solar power generating facility at its current injection molding site in Nashville, Arkansas, USA. The new facility is expected to reduce the CO2 footprint by approximately 1,000 tons in the first year of operation and approximately 25,000 tons over the expected 25 year life of the facility.

The new solar power generation plant has capacity of 1.3 megawatts (1.3 million watts) of solar power, allowing Husqvarna Group to increase its share of electricity from renewable sources of energy, and thereby reduce greenhouse gases and other emissions that incur from electricity generated by coal.

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EPA and Arkansas to Protect Air Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $409,936 to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to support the state’s air pollution reduction program. The grant will support attainment and maintenance of National Ambient Air Quality Standards in many of Arkansas’ largest population centers. The state’s program also helps reduce harmful emissions of toxic pollutants and the enforcement of air regulations within the state.  

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As Arkansas leads on efficiency, two states poised to follow

As Arkansas leads on efficiency, two states poised to follow

Two states in the Southeast U.S. are moving to step up their energy efficiency mandates by taking lessons from programs in Arkansas.

Widely believed to be the first initiative in the Southeast to decouple utility revenues from power sales, Arkansas’ success to date is serving as proof that such regulations can benefit ratepayers and utilities while creating new energy efficiency jobs.

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Arkansas Has 12 Top Organizations Named in the James Beard Foundation and Food Tank’s Just Released New 2016 Good Food Org Guide

 

The third annual Good Food Org Guide identifies and celebrates 1,000 U.S.-based groups including 12 from Arkansas who are cultivating a better food system

The James Beard Foundation (www.jamesbeard.org) and Food Tank (www.foodtank.com), along with a prestigious advisory group of more than 70 food system experts, developed the third annual Good Food Org Guide featuring 1000 food related organizations across the United States. 12 initiatives from Arkansas were chosen including: Arkansas Food and Farm, Arkansas GardenCorps, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, The Arkansas Local Food Network, The Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability at the University of Arkansas, Feed Communities, The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, Little Rock Urban Farming, Ozark Slow Food, and Southern Sustainability Working Group, Heifer International, and Winrock International.

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EPA Addresses Arkansas Regional Haze Goals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is completing the process for a federally implemented clean air plan for Arkansas. The plan will reduce regional haze in Arkansas and Missouri to help meet federal Clean Air Act requirements. The announcement comes after several months of meaningful negotiations between EPA and Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).

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