Arkansas has the opportunity to be a leader in innovation, and solar energy power is one industry in which Arkansas has the ability to do so. Chris Jones will continue to push for policies and legislation that gives Arkansans access to solar technology and includes battery storage, electric vehicle chargers and electric vehicles. Strong policies and legislation ensure consumers have access to solar energy power across the state.
While the solar industry is growing in Arkansas, our leadership as a state in this sector is decreasing without key changes needed to support solar energy. Progressive net metering rules have meant the state has led in the solar industry and helped Arkansas gain new businesses which leads to more jobs. Arkansans have been able to offset rising electricity costs by investing in solar to diversify their energy sources. This is key for larger customers — from farmers to cities to counties to schools to businesses — who may wish to offset electric energy use.
Chris Jones will pursue state policies and laws that both directly invest in growing the solar industry and in providing effective market incentives to spur private investment in solar. Due to its geography, many of these projects could be located in the Delta, as a way to improve energy resources in an often ignored region in our state, while also supporting key economic development.
On supporting solar energy, Chris Jones would:
Transition state facilities to solar power, providing energy to local grids through net metering with the goal of lowering tax payers energy costs
Advocate for the Arkansas Public Service Commission to renew the full retail credit for business and residential customers with net-metered installations, which is currently slated to expire at the end of 2022
Coordinate with entities (schools, nonprofits, municipalities, police etc) that are looking to transition to solar energy