NORTH LITTLE ROCK — A new array of solar panels at the L'Oreal makeup plant in North Little Rock is projected to produce 20,000 kilowatt hours a year, company officials said Monday.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — A new array of solar panels at the L’Oreal makeup plant in North Little Rock is projected to produce 20,000 kilowatt hours a year, company officials said Monday.

Gov. Mike Beebe, North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Hays and L’Oreal officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the solar array Monday morning. The array is 84 feet long and consists of 60 panels, each of them 3 feet by 4 feet.

The energy produced by the solar panels each year would be enough for three homes, officials said.

The project is a joint effort between L’Oreal, the city of North Little Rock and the state. L’Oreal spent about $50,000, the North Little Rock Electric Department provided $60,000 and the Arkansas Energy Office provided $26,307.

“This project will go a long way in setting an example for others to follow and let them know that we can be friendly to the environment,” Hays said.

Beebe said the state is encouraging renewable energy in a number of ways, including rebates and net metering.

A little more than 500 people are employed at the plant, which was built by Maybelline in 1975. L’Oreal acquired Maybelline in 1996.