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NRTC and SoCore Collaborate on Successful Dairyland Proposal

Randy Sukow / Feb 26, 2016

NRTC is pleased to announce that the first collaboration between NRTC and SoCore on a utility-scale electric cooperative request for proposal (RFP) has been selected – by Dairyland Power Cooperative in Wisconsin.

Yesterday, Dairyland selected SoCore Energy to provide 13 MW of renewable energy in response to an RFP issued last year. To learn more about Dairyland’s announcement, please read their press release.

“We’re thrilled that Dairyland selected SoCore’s proposal to fulfill a significant part of its renewable energy plan,” said Tim Bryan, NRTC’s CEO. “SoCore has great experience and skill in developing utility-scale systems that are increasingly relevant to cooperatives. This is just the beginning of what our organizations, working together, can do to benefit both distribution and G&T members in the areas of solar energy, energy storage and demand response.”

For the Dairyland project, SoCore will install, own, operate and maintain 11 solar facilities at sites in Wisconsin, each 1-2.5 MW. These sites are expected to be operational over the course of the second half of 2016. This portfolio alone will represent almost a doubling of the amount of solar installed in Wisconsin in 2015, which was already a 17% increase from 2014.

NRTC worked with electric distribution cooperatives in Wisconsin, who are all NRTC members, to become part of the SoCore proposal. The 11 sites will be distributed across 10 cooperative service territories, bringing economic benefits directly to their local communities.

The collaboration with the members also enables them to launch community solar or augment existing community solar offerings, further increasing the deployment of clean, renewable energy throughout Wisconsin. The agreements include options for members to acquire all or a portion of the solar facilities in their service areas.

“SoCore is proud to be a part of Wisconsin’s biggest solar rollout ever,” commented Rob Scheuermann, President of SoCore Energy. “This is an exciting opportunity for all of us, and we thank Dairyland and NRTC for collaborating with SoCore to make it happen.”

NRTC and SoCore have worked together on several other renewable energy and solar proposals for electric cooperatives since the two organizations began working together last June. The organizations look forward to announcing other successes in the coming months.

If you’d like to discuss the NRTC-SoCore solar offering and how it might benefit your organization, contact your NRTC Regional Business Manager (RBM) or Brad Seibert, NRTC’s Vice President of Business Development, at 703-787-7123 or

Update on Feb. 29, 2016: The text here replaces the item posted on Friday, Feb. 26, with the more detailed statement NRTC sent to its members.

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