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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. 

Insights

Suwannee Valley Begins AMI Project

RTC 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.

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The Latest Smart Grid News

Hart EMC Completes Innovative Itron Gen5/Meridian Integration

Hart EMC Completes Innovative Itron Gen5/Meridian Integration

In the fall of 2019, Hart EMC, a rural electric utility cooperative located in Hartwell, GA, started an NRTC-led deployment of an Itron Gen5 automated metering infrastructure (AMI) network system.
NRECA Region 1&2 Meeting - 2023

NRTC Enhances Website; Seeking Closer Member Connections

You might have noticed that the NRTC website has a new look these days. We have been adding content and simplifying navigation through the large store of NRTC technology information. NRTC wants members to know how it helps them plan and build out new technologies and manage technology businesses. “Our mission is to be your trusted partner,” CEO Tim Bryan said.
Rural Electric Cooperative Broadband Benchmarking Report - 2022 Refresh

2022 Benchmarking Report Finds Electric Broadband Projects Have Been Successful

NRTC and NRECA worked jointly to produce the Rural Electric Cooperative Broadband Benchmarking Report 2022 Refresh. They surveyed 88 electric cooperatives who have deployed broadband services and gathered stats and insights for cooperatives considering future broadband investments. The report updates a similar report NRTC released in 2020.

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