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A SUPPLEMENT TO OKLAHOMA LIVING


J ULY 2015 | VOLUME 66 ISSUE 7 | PUBLISHED FOR MEMBERS OF TRI-COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE


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Community Solar Coming


TCEC has announced plans to offer community-owned solar energy to its members. It will be the first in Oklahoma to do so.


olar energy is going to be a hot topic for TCEC members. Te cooperative has reached an


CEO VIEW


Community Solar BY JACK L. PERKINS


TCEC’s plan to offer community-owned solar fits into the cooperative’s strategy to flexibly adapt to meet the evolving needs of its members. Offering solar energy is also closely in line with our cooperative principles and core values. We know it is the right thing to do for the cooperative and our membership as a whole.


Because the developer owns the solar array and TCEC purchases the power from it, there is no cost to TCEC’s members unless they choose to purchase a panel or panels. If they do make a purchase, they will receive a credit on their bill that will offset their investment over time. If members choose not to purchase a panel, they still benefit because the cooperative is reducing its peak costs from its power supplier. It’s a win-win for everyone.


We want to offer our members solutions to help make them successful. We’re driven by our membership and want to offer them options to meet their needs. Continued on page three.


agreement with Today’s Power, Inc., (TPI) a subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc., to construct a one megawatt solar array near its headquarters in Hooker this year. TCEC will offer its members the opportunity to purchase solar energy produced by the new system, making it the first electric utility in Oklahoma to offer community solar.


“Our members showed a strong interest in renewable energy in our recent survey,” TCEC Chief Operating Officer Zac Perkins said. “By working to understand their needs and meeting them, we are satisfying our cooperative’s mission to improve the quality of life of those we serve.”


Community solar allows many members to share the benefits of one local installation. Interested members will purchase a panel, or more if they choose, and receive a credit on their bill for the energy produced by that panel or panels.


All members will benefit from the community solar project regardless


of their participation. TCEC’s Chief Operating Officer Zac Perkins said the project will not be subsidized by members who choose not to participate.


“Te TPI solar product will provide our members access to reasonably- priced renewable energy,” Perkins said. “Ultimately, the energy produced at the facility will be consumed by our membership resulting in savings in wholesale power fees and related costs. Te end result is lower cost to our members.”


Providing this community solar option ties to the cooperative principles TCEC abides by, especially Concern for Community. TCEC’s community solar option is a simple, affordable way for members to participate in renewable energy that also benefits all cooperative members.


TCEC’s community solar facility is projected to generate 50,473,300 kilowatt-hours of electricity and prevent 40,379 tons of carbon dioxide emissions over its 25-year useful life. Interested members can sign up for more details as they are available at www.tcec.coop. n


A SOLAR ARRAY SIMILAR TO TCEC’S SOLAR ARRAY HAS BEEN INSTALLED IN ARKANSAS, WHICH IS PICTURED ABOVE. PHOTO BY GARY BEAN WITH ARKANSAS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES, INC.


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