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Solar, Storage and Wind

Cooperative utilities are responsible for meeting a continually growing demand for energy. Managing costs has become challenging with load growth, peak demand periods, aging power plants and intermittent production of renewable energy. Solar and battery energy storage solutions can reduce costs, meet load growth, replace retiring conventional power plants, build in resiliency and provide reliable clean energy. 

Think It’s Too Expensive or Complex? Think Again. 

The cost of solar energy and battery energy storage has dropped by nearly 90% over the last decade and is now cost competitive with conventional wholesale generation in most places. More than 100 GW of new U.S. solar and 28 GW of new U.S. battery energy storage is expected to be deployed by 2025. NRTC helps distribution cooperatives and G&Ts access the data, analysis, construction, finance, operations, training and support they need to successfully deploy cost-effective solar and battery energy storage systems from 1 MW to 150 MW+ in their territory. 

Partner with the Experts. Reap the Rewards. 

Since 2016, NRTC has partnered with Engie North America, a leading global renewable energy IPP. Engie’s highly experienced North America team has completed more than 400 solar and storage installations across 24 states, financed 250+ installations across 4 funds representing over $420 million. They have designed, deployed and operated solar and energy storage systems ranging from 1 MW to over 150 MW. Together NRTC and Engie have installed dozens of solar and energy storage systems across the country, helping cooperatives save millions of dollars on their energy and demand costs and move closer to achieving local and renewable energy targets. 


Suwannee Valley Begins AMI Project

NRTC and Itron representatives gathered last week in the offices of Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative, Live Oak, FL, to kick off a major advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project. The multi-year deployment will eventually link about 28,500 electric meters, including more than 27,000 rural residences.


The Latest Smart Grid News

NRTC Teams Up with Itron at Recent Meter Schools to Share Utility Metering Expertise

NRTC’s Josh Pepple and Patrick Jordan recently spoke at “meter schools,” conferences where electric industry techs can learn about meter technology developments. It was an opportunity for NRTC to demonstrate its close working relationship with Itron. At the 43rd Annual Electric Power and Metering School at Mississippi State University, Pepple gave presentations on implementing affordable projects and using AMI for distributed energy. Jordan co-presented a talk on AMI data value streams with Itron’s Bryan Seal (pictured above).

PowerSecure Offers Tour of Alternative Energy Possibilities

A team of senior staff from Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (NOEC) recently joined NRTC for a tour of PowerSecure’s headquarters and manufacturing campus, in Raleigh, NC. NOEC was evaluating energy resource solutions such as back-up generators and microgrid systems.
MVEA on How NRTC's Smart Grid Technology Planning Helped Guide the Future of Its Growing Cooperative

MVEA on How NRTC’s Smart Grid Technology Planning Helped Guide the Future of Its Growing Cooperative

Mountain View Electric Association (MVEA) is a growing electric cooperative in Southern Central Colorado. The cooperative, like all electric cooperatives, faces its distinctive challenges based on its unique geography, membership needs and existing infrastructure.

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