In North Texas, final testing is underway at CoServ Electric‘s 2.7 MW solar farm. The project is is the largest co-op installation in the state, and will serve as a model for other cooperatives looking to go solar. The CoServ array is one of 14 pilot projects nationwide to be selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) for the Solar Utility Network Deployment Acceleration (SUNDA) project. This program is designed to speed up the process of a solar roll out by electric cooperatives.
Co-ops going solar receive assistance in areas such as engineering, finance and procurement in an effort to drive down the soft costs of solar development.
This is not CoServ’s first entry into the world of solar. The CoServ Solar Station is a 315 watt project that generates 3.9 MWh of solar each year.
SolarWorld has provided the panels for both projects. “For many years, SolarWorld has worked hand-in-hand with the nation’s utility cooperatives to bring renewable energy to their members,” said Ardes Johnson, U.S. vice president for sales and marketing of SolarWorld. “This project is important because it not only brings clean energy to a rapidly growing market in Texas, but it also lights the way for co-ops across the country to follow in CoServ’s footsteps.”