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Nation’s Largest Low‐Income Community Solar Project Being Developed by Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, GRID Alternatives and Colorado Energy Office Partner

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), GRID Alternatives and Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA) are partnering to develop a 1.95 MW community solar project, known as the Coyote Ridge Community Solar Farm, that will lower the electric bills of qualified low‐income residents, affordable housing providers and nonprofit organizations in the utility’s service territory. The PVREA...

Unfinished Nuclear Plant Site Repurposed With Solar Farm

An unfinished nuclear power plant in Tennessee has recently been converted into a 1 MW solar farm. North Carolina-based Birdseye Renewable Energy partnered with Georgia-based United Renewable Energy to design and construct the new solar farm, and the energy is being sold to Holston Electric Cooperative as part of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Distributed Solar Solutions...

Pedernales Electric Cooperative Partnering with University of Texas to Improve Energy Grids

The University of Texas at Austin (UT) was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to participate in the Grid Modernization Initiative. Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), the nation’s largest electric cooperative, is partnering with UT to help design the “grid of the future.” The projects will help utilities advance and expand distributed energy resources onto the grid,...

Ouachita Electric Cooperative Named Electric Cooperative Utility of the Year

Smart Electric Power Alliance recently named Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corporation (OECC) Electric Cooperative Utility of the Year for its work with solar developer Silicon Ranch and the Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Corporation to build a 12-MW solar array. The project, located at the Highland Industrial Park, was the first utility-scale solar array in Arkansas.  It has helped...

New Mexico Cooperative Breaks Ground on New Solar Project

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) recently broke ground on the first of seven solar arrays on the Picuris Pueblo.  KCEC has signed a power purchase agreement to acquire all of the energy produced by the...

Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch Dedicate Second Solar Farm

Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch, an independent solar power producer, dedicated a 52 MW solar farm in Jeff Davis County, GA that will serve more than 8,500 households each year. In December 2015, Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch dedicated a 20 MW solar farm in Jeff Davis County, making the county one of the top solar communities in the...

Trump to Roll Back Environmental Protection Agency Regulations

President Donald Trump is expected to issue an executive order Tuesday that would withdraw the Clean Power Plan.  The order is also expected to lift the moratorium on the federal coal program and ease restrictions on hydraulic fracturing.

Arizona Electric joins with ATC Development to Provide Transmission Services

Arizona Electric Power Cooperative (Arizona Electric) has entered into a joint operating agreement with ATC Development Company (ATC Development), a Wisconsin-based utility, to develop transmission projects in the southwestern United States under a new transmission company “ATC Southwest.”  ATC Development’s expertise in transmission development combined with Arizona Electric’s...

Lake Region Electric to Construct Natural Gas Pipeline

Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC) and Minnesota Gas will construct an intrastate pipeline in Minnesota to serve natural gas customers in the Deer Creek and Parkers Prairie communities.  The $1.6 million pipeline is scheduled for service in August 2017 and will be owned and maintained by...

Mohave Electric and Constellation Complete 13.8 MW Solar Generation Project in Arizona

On January 18, 2017 Mohave Electric Cooperative (Mohave Electric) and Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, announced the completion of a 13.8-megawatt (DC) solar generation project in Fort Mohave, Arizona.  The project is a ground-mounted solar power system that is located across 84 acres.  Constellation is the owner and operator of the project. Although the project...

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