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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...

Maryland Coop Enters into PPA for New Solar Project

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative has entered into a power purchase agreement with Origis Energy for the 27.5 MW Ripley Solar project located in La Plata, Maryland. The project is expected to reach commercial operation by mid-2019.

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...

Cooperative Enters Long-Term Solar Power Purchase Agreement

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative has entered into a power purchase agreement to purchase the offtake of Clarke County Solar, a 10-megawatt solar power facility.

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...

Bandera Electric Cooperative Modernizes Electric Grid

Bandera Electric Cooperative (BEC), a rural Texas cooperative, recently completed its first distribution circuit automation project in the first step in developing a “smart grid” which will increase the reliability, efficiency, safety, and cost effectiveness of the power system.  The distribution system automation will provide real-time adjustment to changing loads and operating...

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.

Coop Solar Energy Capacity Continues to Grow

On March 9, 2017 the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association released new information concerning the total solar energy capacity of the United States electric cooperatives.  Specifically, coops are on pace to add 480 MW of solar energy in 2017, which would bring their total capacity to 873 MW.  For comparison, the total solar capacity was 180 MW in 2015 and merely 37 MW in...

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