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News orthwestern Electric Vol. 69 Number 12 Powering the future NWEC community solar farm performing at target level D


ramatic changes are transform- ing all aspects of the energy industry and interest in renew-


able energy is at an all-time high. That’s why Northwestern Electric Cooperative (NWEC) opted to par- ticipate in Western Farmers Electric Cooperative’s (WFEC) Community Solar program.


NWEC is one of 11 member distri-


bution cooperatives in WFEC’s service territory operating a solar site. The solar farm, which went live in Decem- ber 2017, has a peak capacity of 0.125 megawatts (MW), and is located on 1.25 acres behind our main headquar- ters in Woodward, Okla. The farm consists of 513 panels ground-mounted ZLWK D ¿ [HG WLOW DQG HDFK SDQHO LV around six feet tall by three feet wide,


weighing 55 pounds. A panel is 315 watts of power at 45 volts direct cur- rent (DC) at peak sunlight. In 2017, our solar site produced 253.06 MWh. And so far in 2018, the site has generated 168.77 MWh and is expected to surpass last year’s output. According to Phillip Schaeffer, principal resource planning engineer at WFEC, all solar facilities associated with WFEC are performing well and are right on target.


“So, solar is a really good resource in this area. Plus, the cost has really dropped down the past several years so it is becoming very, very competi- tive with wind and hydro,” Schaeffer said. He went on to say solar technol- ogy helps reduce costs for coopera- tive members because it typically is


generating at maximum output when demand loads and energy costs are at their highest.


Community solar farms offer a simple, affordable way for members to participate in renewable energy with- out the maintenance costs and con- cerns of owning their own residential array. NWEC is considering offering members the chance to participate in our community solar program. “If we receive enough interest in the program, we will offer our members the opportunity to purchase individual solar panels,” said Tyson Littau, CEO. To inquire about participating in


NWEC’s community solar program, give Melissa Washmon, marketing and key accounts coordinator, a call at 580.256.7425.


NWEC


COMMUNITY SOLAR FARM


ELECTRIC CO-OPS


POWERING THE FUTURE Co-op Month 2018


OCTOBER IS NATIONAL CO-OP MONTH


Ź 1.25 acres Ź 513 panels


Ź 315 watts per panel


Ź 0.125 MW capacity


Ź Produced 253.06 MWh in 2017


Ź Produced 168.77 MWh to date in 2018


October 2018


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Alerts & reminders .......2 Missing members .........3 Recipe ............................3 Value added services ...4


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