NRTC member East Central Energy (ECE) in Minnesota joined with NRTC solar/storage partner ENGIE North America last week to celebrate the completion of another solar generation project. The 70,000-panel facility produces enough energy to serve approximately 300 homes.
“We will continue to explore additional means to increase our renewable energy supply, with an eye toward our members,” said Steve Shurts, ECE’s president and CEO during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Cambridge, MN, site on Friday. Pictured cutting the ribbon are (L-R) Jeff Haase, leader of Member Technology and Innovation for G&T co-op Great River Energy; ECE’s Board Chair Linda Laitala (holding the scissors); Cambridge Mayor Jim Godfrey, and ENGIE Senior Project Manager Andy Seward.
As with similar arrangements between ENGIE and other NRTC members, ENGIE built and owns the solar facilities under a 25-year contract with Great River Energy. Great River then sells all the energy to ECE. It is an efficient way for rural distribution cooperatives to provide their members electric power from an alternative source without large capital expenditures.