Iowa Cooperatives Showcase Solar Farm
DATE: April 26, 2018
CONTACT: Dawn Sly-Terpstra
CORNING – Southwest Iowa REC and Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) showcased the new Southwest Solar Farm on Thursday as the latest installment of CIPCO’s utility-scale solar sites in Iowa. This 2-megawatt solar facility is situated on 11 acres of land one mile west of Corning and is designed to generate clean, renewable electricity to serve local cooperative members.
“As a local not-for-profit electric cooperative, we are committed to meeting the energy needs of our membership with safe, reliable and affordable electricity,” said Phil Kinser, CEO, Southwest Iowa REC. “Adding solar energy to our generation mix reflects how those needs are evolving.”
Construction of the solar site began in September 2017, and the facility came online in January 2018. Southwest Solar is expected to produce 3.1 million kWh of energy its first year, which is enough to power over 300 typical homes.
“We’ve heard interest from our members in solar energy as a clean resource, but the cost of the technology at the individual customer level and even community-solar remains high,” added CIPCO CEO Bill Cherrier. “We capture economies of scale by deploying solar at the utility level, which benefits all members equally and not just those who can afford it.”
Southwest Iowa REC and CIPCO also see value in developing utility-scale solar generation by managing risk with a balanced and diverse generation portfolio, providing a source of local distributed generation, developing in-house solar technology expertise, and reducing the utilities’ carbon footprint. Southwest Solar is CIPCO’s sixth and largest solar facility in Iowa, which provides a combined total of 6.4 megawatts of solar generating capacity. Other facilities are located in Urbana, Wilton, Pella, Osceola, and Marshalltown.
Central Iowa Power Cooperative is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
All or some of the renewable energy credits associated with this generation may have been sold or be sold in the future, to other parties, or may be used to comply with future regulatory requirements.