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Arkansas

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Carve-out: None
Tracking system: Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS)

Arkansas’s net metering is capped at 300 kW, which allows some mid-market customers to take advantage of net excess generation but limits customers with a larger demand. In addition, mid-market customers may be eligible for low-interest loans from the Arkansas Energy Office.

Net Metering

Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) established net-metering rules for IOUs and cooperative utilities in 2001 and approved new net metering tariffs for all utilities under PSC’s jurisdiction in November 2013. PSC can allow system capacity larger than 300 kW. There is no limit for the total capacity of all net-metered systems.

System size limit: 25 kW for residential; 300 kW for commercial

Aggregate cap: Not specified

Credit: Net excess generation is credited at the retail rate

RECs: Customers retain ownership of renewable energy certificates (RECs)

Meter aggregation: Meter aggregation is allowed

Interconnection

Section 3 of Arkansas net metering rules (Order No. 02-046-R) applies to the interconnection of net-metered facilities of IOUs and cooperative utilities.

System size limit: 25 kW for residential; 300 kW for commercial

Liability insurance: Not required

External disconnect switch: Required with the exception of certain inverter-based systems

Third Party Ownership

Third party power purchase agreements are not allowed in Arkansas.

Community Solar

Arkansas permits net metering aggregation, allowing aggregated meters to be located on separate premises in order to take advantage of renewable generation’s location. There are currently no statewide community solar policies or programs in Arkansas. Third party developers and utilities may offer community solar programs.

State Incentive Programs

There are currently no statewide solar financial incentive programs in Wyoming.

Program Administrator Incentive
Arkansas Energy Technology Loans for Green Technology Arkansas Energy Office The program offers low-interest loans for investments in non-residential solar. Interest rates vary between 1 and 2%, depending on loan term and the financial strength of the borrower. More information is available from the Arkansas Energy Office.

Resources

The list below provides some resources for each type of policy or program. Please reference and contact relevant authorities and local utilities for the most up-to-date and accurate information on state and utility policies and incentive programs.

Net metering and interconnection

Community solar

Programs and incentives