CIPCO and Consumers Energy's Gateway Solar Array
MARSHALLTOWN – Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO), in partnership with Consumers Energy, showcased the Marshalltown Gateway Centre Solar Array, one of CIPCO’s 5.5 MW utility-scale solar project sites, on Thursday.
The Marshalltown Gateway Centre Solar Array has the capacity to generate 441,340 kWh of energy in its first year, enough to fully power 44 homes. Solar adds an additional emission and carbon-free generation resource to the mix of power serving Consumers Energy members.
“Consumers Energy is proud to partner with CIPCO on the solar project,” said Jim Kidd, general manager. “Diversification of our generation options benefits all of our members across the territory.”
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 Marshalltown,” stated CEO Dennis Murdock. “Partnering with our member, Consumers Energy, 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.