National Renewable Cooperative Organization’s (NRCO) mission is to provide ongoing opportunities for its members to contract and develop cost-effective renewable energy resources. Through experience ranging from small community solar projects to large utility-scale projects, NRCO provides services related to the renewable energy contracting and development process, and assists with the delivery of cost-effective reliable energy to its members.
Cooperatives that have elected to participate in NRCO, either through membership or by contracting select services, have a variety of motivations. Some may be subject to Renewable Energy Standards (RES), though many are not. Cooperatives must keep up with the evolving nature of the political landscape, at both the state and federal level and from a legislative and regulatory perspective.
Often cooperatives are attracted to renewable projects as a means to diversify their generation portfolios. In a world of volatile fuel prices, renewable generation can make good economic sense. Finally, cooperatives have a long history of investment in the communities they serve and renewable energy projects can bring economic development to their areas.