Carroll Electric Campaign for Responsible Good Neighbor Lighting

Carroll Electric is the state's fourth largest electric utility, by customers served, and one of three electric coops that serve the beautiful Ozark Region of our state. Many of the people who live in the region treasure its natural nighttime skies. Unfortunately, naturally dark skies are disappearing like a spring snowfall, making the Ozark region's skies an increasingly important and rare element of its natural beauty.  That the Buffalo River National Park, part of which lies in Carroll Electric's distribution territory, plans to become an IDA Dark Sky Park underlines the growing importance being place on a natural night time environment by those seeking to commune with nature. Ultimately, you haven't saved the river if you lose the skies over it and we will loose the sky if we continue to light carelessly. In fact, already there is no place in Arkansas that has a totally natural night sky.

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Light pollution not only hides the stars, it wastes energy, is a significant source of carbon in the atmosphere, impacts wildlife habitat and human health, while proper lighting is more effective, attractive and in the long run cheaper.  In consequence, many cities are adopting responsible lighting practices and passing ordinances to mitigate light pollution.  However, it is even more important to protect what is left of our natural skies in rural areas where they still exist. Otherwise, where will out children go to witness the universe in which they live.  

Other co-ops have taken steps toward responsible lighting.  If you are a customer of Carroll Electric, please click here and join our list of supporters and encourage others to do the same. This project could set an example for all the coops and utilities in the state.  If you are not a Carroll Electric customer, but want to help promote responsible lighting where you live  Click Here.

What is Proposed:

  1. Install only zero-uplight outdoor lighting fixtures going forward (As Ouachita Electric does) preferably of 3000 CCT or less (warm white color).
  2. Install shielding on older fixtures upon request for $35 without a monthly maintenance fee as it can´t be justified and does not promote good neighbor policy (As First Electric does).
  3. Institute a program to allow customers of older fixtures to upgrade to the zero uplight fixtures (also as Ouachita Electric does).