MEC and Constellation Complete 13.8 Megawatt Solar Project
Utility Scale System Utilizes Tracking Technology to Maximize Energy Output
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“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.