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Colorado Cooperative Sets Goal of 70% Clean Energy

Holy Cross Energy (HCE), a Colorado electric cooperative, announced its adoption of a plan called SEVENTY70THIRTY. By 2030, HCE will use clean and renewable resources for 70% of the power supplied by HCE to its customers, reduce greenhouse emissions by 70% compared to its 2014 levels and achieve both of these goals with no additional increase in the cost of power...

Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. Completes 1 MW Solar Plant

Today’s Power Inc., a subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc., has completed a 3,888-panel photovoltaic array which, at peak production, will provide power for about 135 homes. Its single-axis tracking system is considered among the most advanced at its scale in the...

Vermont Electric Cooperative Announces New CEO

The Vermont Electric Cooperative recently named Rebecca Towne as the cooperative’s new chief executive officer. Towne is expected to advance innovative initiatives, including an energy transformation program that offers incentives to members to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources; a community solar program under which members can sponsor panels in solar arrays and...

Connexus Energy Breaks Ground on Solar-Plus-Storage Projects

Connexus Energy, a member-owned electric cooperative in Minnesota, is breaking ground on two solar-plus-storage projects in the state. The combined 25 MW projects are expected to cost $31 million and save $4 million annually through peak load...

New Mexico Coop Launches 4,000-Panel Solar Facility

On June 25, 2018, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) and Guzman Energy launched a 4000-panel solar array near Eagle Nest Lake in New Mexico. This project is part of KCEC’s goal of providing 100 percent of its customers’ daytime power needs from solar energy by...

Solar Development Transforming Rural Energy Landscape

The acceleration of solar development by electric cooperatives is changing the energy landscape in rural America. According to a new report released by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, electric co-ops currently own or purchase more than nine times as much solar energy as they did in...

Cobb EMC Expands Solar Portfolio

Cobb Electric Membership Corporation (“Cobb EMC”) recently announced that it has entered into a 30-year power purchase agreement with Green Power EMC. This agreement, along with other solar initiatives, has increased Cobb EMC’s solar portfolio by 360 percent since 2016. The project, which is scheduled to begin construction in 2018, is under development by Silicon Ranch Corporation and...

Arkansas Coop to Purchase Additional Wind-Generated Energy

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with Wildhorse Wind Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of Southern Power. Pursuant to the power purchase agreement, AECC will purchase wind-generated energy from a 100 MW wind project, which is expected to reach commercial operation by the end of...

Virginia Cooperative Announces Commissioning of 10 MW of Solar Energy

Central Virginia Electric Cooperative and Coronal Energy announced the commissioning of the Palmer and Martin solar centers in central Virginia. The two projects total 10 MW, and combine to make up the largest solar project in Virginia for an electric distribution cooperative.

Cooperative Enters Into Largest Solar PPA for an Electric Cooperative in Texas

Brazos Electric Power Cooperative, Inc., along with CoServ Electric, have entered into a multiyear PPA with 7X Energy, Inc. for the sale of solar energy from a 35 MW solar project in Andrews County, Texas.

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