Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative and Origis Energy Announce New 27.5 MWAC Solar Power Project

In the summer of 2016, the National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) released a Request for Proposals on behalf of Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) for solar energy supply. This process culminated in a Power Purchase Agreement award to Origis Energy USA for the 27.5 MWAC Ripley Solar project.

SMECO worked with the NRCO to develop a request for proposals and evaluated approximately 20 submissions before selecting Origis Energy. According to Austin J. Slater, Jr., SMECO’s president and CEO, “Ripley Solar is the third solar project that NRCO has facilitated for SMECO, and their expertise has been invaluable. Developing solar projects right here in our service area gives us a couple of advantages. Not only are we able to procure renewable energy to help meet state requirements, but we are also able to avoid costly transmission fees.”

The full press release can be found here: Ripley Solar Press Release

Cooperative Energy 52MW Solar Project Begins Construction

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – May 23, 2017 – Hattiesburg-based Cooperative Energy and Origis Energy USA began construction in May on a 52MW solar energy facility, which will provide clean energy to the generation and transmission cooperative’s 423,000 members across Mississippi. Origis Energy has developed and will install and operate the electric generation site, and Cooperative Energy will purchase all power produced at the location.

The 540-acre solar site is located near Sumrall in Lamar County. The site will encompass 206,892 photovoltaic solar panels when completed in December 2017. The project will create approximately 400 jobs during construction.

240 MW of Wind Contracted in NRCO 2016 Wind Request for Information (RFI)

At the beginning of 2016, the National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) released a Request for Information (RFI) on behalf of its Members regarding wind projects across the country. Over 40 developers responded representing over 120 individual wind assets under development in the PJM, MISO, ERCOT, SPP, and Southeast markets.

Earlier this month NRCO, working with participating Members, brought 3 deals to close out of its 2016 wind RFI, totaling 240 MW of wind capacity. One of these deals was recently announced: Dairyland Power Cooperative will be purchasing 80 MW of wind generation from the Barton Wind Project, operated by Avangrid Renewables. Information regarding the two remaining private deals will be be provided when they go public.

NRCO plans to begin its 2017 wind RFI process towards the end of February 2017.