CIPCO Begins Energization of Iowa’s Largest Utility-Scale Solar Project
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DATE: October 17, 2016
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DES MOINES - Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) energized the first site within its 5.5 MW new utility-scale solar project. The initial site, located within East-Central Iowa REC’s territory, is a 3,708 solar panel field. This is the first of the five sites making up the total project which are located in Urbana, Wilton, Pella Osceola and Marshalltown. When complete, the system will contain over 17,000 solar panels and generate enough electricity to fully power over 700 homes. All five sites will begin producing electricity before the end of the year.
“CIPCO is committed to providing a diversified generation pool to our members which assists with providing safe, reliable and cost-effective electricity,” stated CEO Dennis Murdock. “Incorporating utility-scale solar into the mix makes sense, particularly as we continually strive to reduce emissions.”
CIPCO’s current generation mix is nearly 60 percent emissions and carbon-free. Utility-scale solar provides an additional clean generation resource for the portfolio mix. With utility-scale solar, all members benefit from this new generation asset, not just those able to purchase a residential solar system or buy into a community solar option.
CIPCO is Iowa’s largest cooperative energy provider serving 13 electric cooperatives and associations spanning 58 of Iowa’s 99 counties. CIPCO is a generation and transmission cooperative supplying power to its member distribution cooperatives covering a territory which stretches 300 miles diagonally across the state from the Mississippi River on the east to Shenandoah in the southwest. CIPCO supplies all power requirements for its member cooperatives, and as their power provider, CIPCO is dedicated to delivering quality, safe and reliable service at the lowest possible cost.
Photo Courtesy of East-Central Iowa REC