CIPCO and Clarke Electric Cooperative Powering Homes with Solar Energy
OSCEOLA – Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) and Clarke Electric Cooperative showcased the Clarke Solar Farm, one of CIPCO’s 5.5 MW utility-scale solar project sites, on Wednesday.
The Clarke Solar Farm has the capacity to generate 636,780 kWh of energy in its first year, enough to fully power 63 homes. Solar adds an additional emission and carbon-free generation resource to the mix of power serving Clarke Electric Cooperative members.
“Clarke Electric is excited to be a part of the solar project,” said David Opie, general manager. (pictured left) “Enhancing the diversification of the energy provided to our members strengthens the overall generation capacity.”
CIPCO launched Iowa’s first utility-owned solar project on five sites across the service delivery territory in early 2016. All sites were fully energized in late 2016 and the CIPCO 5.5 MW solar system is Iowa’s largest operating solar energy system. This multi-site solar installation is the first phase in CIPCO’s long-term plan to incorporate solar as an additional environmentally-friendly resource within the generation portfolio.
“CIPCO is proud to reveal the new solar field in Osceola,” stated CEO Dennis Murdock. “Partnering with our member, Clarke Electric Cooperative, provided access to an exceptional site for solar generation.”
Utility-scale solar provides reliable, clean electricity generation and compliments CIPCO’s existing energy generation portfolio. The development and installation costs for utility-scale systems have fallen significantly in recent years creating an opportunity for CIPCO to invest in this alternative, carbon-free resource. CIPCO’s current generation portfolio is nearly 60 percent emission and carbon-free.