New Projects, Solar

L’Oréal USA To Build Solar Projects in Arkansas and Kentucky

By Editors of Power Engineering

L’Oréal USA announced it will build two large-scale solar projects on the rooftops of the company’s manufacturing facilities in North Little Rock, Arkansas and Florence, Kentucky.

The two projects, which are among the largest of their kind in each state, will generate a combined 2.7 MW and represent an acceleration of L’Oréal’s plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 60 percent from a 2005 baseline. Now, the company expects an 80 percent carbon reduction and 100 percent renewable electricity for its manufacturing operations in the US via the projects and the purchase of locally-sourced renewable energy certificates.

The Florence facility will receive a 1.5-MW 5,000-panel solar array, with construction starting late this year.

The North Little Rock facility will receive a 1.2-MW, 4,000-panel solar array which is expected to be operational by mid-2017.

Both solar projects will be constructed in partnership with Scenic Hill Solar.

“We are delighted to partner with L’Oréal, a demonstrated sustainability leader, and help them to simultaneously meet their bold goals for clean, renewable energy and reduce their electricity costs,” said Bill Halter, CEO of Scenic Hill Solar.

The announcements bring L’Oréal USA’s solar operations to 16 installations totaling 13.5 MW.