07 Oct Nevada Co-Op Adds Utility Scale Solar Power for Community
A Nevada electric cooperative has revealed arrangements for a utility-grade solar-power based venture that will convey 15 megawatts of clean energy to its individuals in 2016 with a promise to lower the community’s average electricity bill dramatically. The declaration came amid a renewable energy discussion that pulled in the Obama Administration.
Valley Electric Association is buying the full yield from 54,000 photovoltaic boards on an 80-acre section of land in the Mojave Desert. The community is working with the designer, state and government offices and different partners on arrangements to secure natural life and vegetation amid development and operation of the space, making it much like the solar farms of Las Vegas.
“This is a solar-powered task that genuinely remains solitary,” said Thomas Husted, CEO of Pahrump-based VEA, who declared arrangements for the undertaking amid the eighth annual National Clean Energy Summit Aug. 24 in Las Vegas . He anticipates that the project will be a huge benefit for VEA’s individuals by July 2016.
“We are focused on situating Nevada as a pioneer in the national renewable energy business sector,” said Husted, referring to the community’s neighborhood accentuation on advancing financial advancement and reinforcing the state’s renewable energy industry. “We trust this endeavor serves as a benchmark for future community solar power tasks across the country.”
The co-op is working with auxiliaries of Nevada-based MDU Resources group in light of advancement, development and the long haul power purchase agreement for the energy created at the site. Through a community solar panel system, the venture’s yield will be accessible for all VEA individuals at costs lower than their present electric rates determined by NV Energy.
“We are developing this community solar program to meet the growing demand for alternatives to rooftop photovoltaic systems in our communities,” said Chris Brooks, VEA’s executive vice president of energy services. “We look forward to providing our member-owners with a new, cost-effective option that can immediately reduce their energy expenses.”
Husted’s declaration came hours before President Obama showed up at the summit, touting the development in expanded interest for renewable energy and its developing role in meeting the country’s energy needs.
“The number of homes with rooftop solar has grown from fewer than 20,000 to about 600,000 over the past decade,” Obama said. “A lot of Americans are going solar and becoming more energy efficient, not because they’re tree huggers … but because they’re cost cutters.”
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who co-hosted the summit, called for continued innovation in the utility industry, including programs and technology that foster integration of renewables and consumer-owned energy resources.
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