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Sunflower Electric Power Corporation to Build Kansas’s Largest Commercial Solar Facility

Sunflower Electric Power Corporation is collaborating on a 150-megawatt solar energy project near its Dodge City facility, slated for operation in the first half of 2026. This project, named the Boot Hill Solar Project, will be Sunflower’s largest solar facility, providing on-peak renewable energy to its members in western Kansas. The project is supported by Victory Electric...

Arkansas Cooperative to Develop Solar Project at Waste Treatment Facility

South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative, together with Today’s Power Inc. and Veolia North America, is developing a 5 MW solar system at Veolia’s hazardous waste treatment facility. The project will be used to meet the facility’s daily demands, with excess generation going to the region’s main grid, and is expected to be operational by the end of 2024.

Coops Show Strong Interest in USDA Empowering Rural America Program

USDA has announced that it has received proposals for 750 projects from coops across the country seeking grants and loans from the Empowering Rural America (New ERA) Program, with funding requests totaling at least double the $9.7 Billion allotted to the program. Eligible projects include carbon capture, renewable energy, energy storage, nuclear energy and generation and transmission...

Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative begins development of Solar Energy Sustainability Project in Seguin, Texas

Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative, which serves 120,000 consumers in South Central Texas, is partnering with Vitesco Technologies and Big Sun Solar for one of the first three-party power purchase agreements in Texas, a solar project on 12 acres which will generate 4,800 megawatt hours per year.

United Power announces 20 year battery storage contract

Colorado cooperative United Power, Inc. announced a 20 year agreement for battery storage throughout their service territory designed to integrate renewable resources and balance their load. Ameresco Inc, a cleantech integrator will install the 78.3 MW, 313.34 MWh batteries.

Virginia Electric Cooperatives Seek to Make Solar Programs Permanent

Three electric cooperatives in eastern Virginia have requested that the State Corporation Commission make the pilot community solar programs which began three years ago permanent.  Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Northern Neck Electric Cooperative, and A&N Electric Cooperative urged the move as a way of offering options to climate conscious member-consumers.

Biden Administration Makes $11 Billion Available for Clean Energy Development in Rural America

The White House announced the opening of two programs designed to distribute $11 billion in grants and loan opportunities to various stakeholders, including rural electric cooperatives, for investment in clean energy resources. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Empower Rural America program will provide $9.7 billion for rural electric cooperatives and its Power Affordable Clean...

Wisconsin Electric Cooperatives Partner with OneEnergy Renewables to Add 22 Megawatts of New Solar Generation

Nine Wisconsin electric cooperatives are working together to form a partnership with OneEnergy Renewables to build 12 utility scale solar arrays across the state. When completed, the project will generate enough electricity to power 4,000 rural homes.

Partnership Between Sol Systems and Google to Invest in Renewable Energy Through Cooperatives

Sol Systems and Google are teaming up to support the development of new solar energy projects by providing capital to enable 225 MWDC of new solar projects and 17 megawatts of battery storage. Three electric cooperatives, Roanoke Electric Cooperative, Santee Electric Cooperative and Aiken Electric Cooperative are all beneficiaries of this funding.

First Utility-Scale Agrivoltaic Project to Allow Cattle Grazing Approved in Grant County, Oregon

The Grant County Planning Commission recently approved a dual-use solar project that will allow large-scale solar energy production and cattle ranching on the same land for the first time anywhere in the United States.  The Bear Valley Solar Pasture is expected to generate 1.5 megawatts of electricity when completed in fall 2024, and Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative is finalizing an...

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