MEC and Constellation Complete 13.8 Megawatt Solar Project
Utility Scale System Utilizes Tracking Technology to Maximize Energy Output
On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Mohave Electric Cooperative and Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation and a leading competitive retail energy supplier, announced the completion of a 13.8-megawatt (DC) solar generation project in Fort Mohave. The ground-mounted solar power system is located across 84 acres and fitted with a state-of-the-art single-axis tracking system that enables the system to remain at an optimal angle to the sun throughout the day, maximizing energy output.
“This project offers us a cost effective way to incorporate more renewable power into our purchased power portfolio,” said Tyler Carlson, MEC’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our members want solar — they are for it as long as it’s cost effective for the Cooperative,” Carlson said.
The project required no upfront capital from MEC. Constellation owns and operates the solar power system. Mohave Electric will purchase the electricity generated by the solar panels from Constellation through a 30-year power purchase agreement. The terms of the agreement provide periodic options for MEC to purchase the facilities after six years.
“Constellation is pleased to continue to collaborate with Mohave Electric to deliver renewable solar power to their members, while proactively managing their purchased power costs long-term.” said Brendon Quinlivan, executive director of distributed energy origination for Constellation. “Structuring solar projects as power purchase agreements enables utilities and their consumers to adopt solar energy solutions that may require no upfront capital, and provide long-term fixed power costs that are less than projected market rates.”
This project is the second solar generation system completed by Mohave and Constellation. It joins a 5-megawatt project that was completed in 2015 at a nearby site.
Together, the systems are expected to generate approximately 38,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually, or enough to power nearly 4,000 homes according to US EPA data for the region.
SOLAR PROJECT DEDICATION CEREMONY— Tyler Carlson (center, left), Mohave Electric Cooperative Chief Executive Officer and Brendon Quinlivan (center, right), Constellation Executive Director of Distributed Energy Origination are joined by MEC Board of Directors, MEC employees and Constellation employees as they prepare to cut the ribbon and dedicate the Mohave Sunrise Solar II Project on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.