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JUNE 2019

THE MESSENGER A Publication for North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Members

Keep workers safe; don’t nail objects to electric poles Signs and other objects on electric poles are more than just an unpleasant eyesore. They can be dangerous — even life-threatening — to the line technicians who maintain our electric grid. NAEC urges everyone to help keep poles free of such materials. The hooks used by technicians to climb poles are vulnerable to becoming snagged on staples and nails embedded in poles. Foreign objects can tear protective gear or clothing, which is the first line of protection from an electric shock. They also can injure workers through the safety gear they wear. The materials posted on poles also degrade the quality, effectiveness and stability of the wood. Lawmakers agree the practice is dangerous. Posting items on poles is against state law, and violators are subject to fines.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY — NAEC offices will be closed July 4. Crews will be on call. In the event of an outage, please call 870895-3221 or use the free NAEC Mobile App to report.

NAEC CEO Mel Coleman, left, and NAEC Board of Directors President Mike Dover “flip the switch” on NAEC’s 1 MW solar array at a dedication ceremony April 23. Also pictured, from left, are directors Steve Hall, Larry Goodwin, Dennis Wiles, Jim Short, Doc Freeman, Cameron Davis, Beth Carter and Sonya Beckwith.

NAEC dedicates 1 MW solar array North Arkansas Electric Cooperative’s new 1 MW solar array represents the cooperative’s first owned generation source in our almost 80-year history. The single-axis tracking array consists of 4,009 solar panels on eight acres of land along U.S. Highway 62 near Salem and was constructed by Today’s Power, Inc. Speaking at the April 23 dedication, NAEC CEO Mel Coleman said the project showed NAEC’s commitment to maintaining a diversified mix of generation sources that includes renewables. “Our goal is to provide our members with reliable, affordable power,” Coleman said. “New technologies have made solar generation a viable way to help us accomplish that.” Today’s Power designed the project that will allow NAEC to secure a portion of the co-op’s energy costs over the 25-year warranty life of the project from clean, renewable and sustainable solar technology. Also speaking at the dedication, TPI President Michael Henderson said the electricity world is changing. “The wisdom and vision shown by North Arkansas’ Board of Directors and management team will provide clean, renewable energy for NAEC’s members for decades to come,” Henderson said. The partnership between NAEC and Today’s Power will not only provide renewable energy but also will show how NAEC seeks to be a good steward of the environment. Quail Forever, an organization dedicated to wildlife habitat conservation, will help develop a habitat important to wildlife within the region. The goal will be to create habitats for pollinators, such as butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects, as well as cottontail rabbits, bobwhite quail and other birds. Plans call for wildflowers to be sown in the fall. NAEC also plans to host educational tours of the site. “We want to promote STEM-based education and careers to our students,” Coleman said. “We already have hosted three chemistry classes at the solar array and look forward to many more.”

Keep HVAC in shape with these tips Repairing or replacing a heating, ventilating and air conditioning system is an expensive task. Here are three steps to lengthen the life of an HVAC system. Change or clean filters. Dirty filters block airflow. The Department of Energy recommends changing or cleaning filters every month or two. If your unit is in constant use or subjected to dusty conditions or pet hair, consider checking filters more frequently. Clean the HVAC unit. Outdoor condenser coils can become clogged with pollen, dirt and debris. Use a hose (not a pressure washer) to spray the unit once each season. Clear space around the unit. Dryer vents, falling leaves and grass can create buildup. Remove any debris around the unit. If foliage grows near the unit, trim it back at least 2 feet around the condenser to increase airflow.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY TIP OF THE MONTH Want to light up an outdoor space without increasing your energy use? Try outdoor solar lights. They’re easy to install and work best when the solar cells receive the manufacturer’s recommended hours of sunlight. — energy.gov

NAEC Annual Meeting set for June 6 North Arkansas Electric Cooperative will celebrate 79 years of serving our members during the Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 6, at the Salem Civic Center on the Fulton County Fairgrounds. Please join us for a day filled with fun for all ages as well as a free barbecue meal. Country singer Phil Vassar and local band The Kattie Laney Project will perform. Magician Scott Davis will amaze attendees with his sleight of hand. Inflatables will be available for younger children, and bingo (with prizes!) will be available for children and adults. Be sure to stay to the end of the business meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Registered members will be eligible to win a retired service truck and other prizes! The 2018 Annual Report was mailed to each member in the middle of May. Included with the Annual Report was a registration card unique to each member. NAEC requests that each member brings the registration card to Annual Meeting to speed registration. The business session will include the election of one member to serve on the board of directors. A brief summary of cooperative operations, Operation Round Up scholarship recipients and other reports also will be presented to the membership. Below is a schedule of events: • Registration — 1:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. • Bingo — 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. • Entertainment — 4 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. • Barbecue Meal — 4:15 p.m. • Business Session — 7 p.m. For more information on Annual Meeting, please call 870-895-3221 or email info@naeci.com.

DAILY HIGHS & LOWS — APRIL 2019 Average Daily High: 73.49° compared to 65.25° in 2018


Average Daily Low: 46.24° compared to 38.84° in 2018 Total Rainfall Amount: 4.85” compared to 4.36” in 2018 Warmest Day: April 10, 86.6° at 2:30 p.m. Coolest Day: April 1, 24.3° at 7 a.m.


CONTACT NAEC 870-895-3221 info@naeci.com naeci.com

RIGHT-OF-WAY Highway 5 south of Mountain Home; Lone Rock area southwest of Norfork; Viola area; East Side


ON THE FRONT Engineer Kevin Reese shows Salem students the science behind solar panels during a tour of NAEC’s array April 16.

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2019 June NAEC The Messenger  

2019 June NAEC The Messenger

2019 June NAEC The Messenger  

2019 June NAEC The Messenger