The city of Hot Springs, Arkansas has announced plans to switch to 100 percent solar energy. According to KATV, City Manager Bill Burrough says the switch to a renewable energy source will save the city an estimated $30 million over the next three decades. "We're always looking for initiatives to become greener, to take care of our environment, and look at opportunities to lower costs," Burrough said.
Bill Halter, CEO of Scenic Hill Solar, says Hot Springs is the largest Arkansas city to rely completely on solar energy. Halter's company will be building solar power plants on 80 acres of land in the city, including some property owned by the city. Hot Springs will then purchase the power created by the solar cells.
Hot Springs joins an elite group of only six U.S. cities that are completely powered by renewable energy. In a statement found on the Sierra Club website, Aspen, Colorado, Burlington, Vermont, Georgetown, Texas, Greenburg, Kansas, Kodiak Island, Alaska and Rock Port, Missouri are named as being totally reliant on renewable energy sources for the power.
Over 120 American cities, including major metropolitan areas such as Cincinnati, San Diego, and Kansas City have committed to converting to 100 percent clean energy within the next 40 years.