Today's Power to develop 20 solar arrays in southeastern Kansas
- North Little Rock-based renewable resource business Today's Power Inc. (TPI) revealed Tuesday (Nov. 17) it will construct 20 solar arrays in southeastern Kansas.
The Kansas Cooperative Sun Power Program comprises a series of solar arrays with an incorporated greater than 20 megawatts of producing capacity and will certainly be TPI's initial varieties in the state. TPI also has varieties in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
TPI has a 25-year agreement with 12 electrical cooperatives in Kansas to develop the arrays in an area extending 800 miles of the state. The ranges will certainly give the electrical cooperatives with low-up-front price to offer solar energy to consumers and also lower their peak demand.
TPI is anticipated to begin building on the varieties in 2021 and should be finished in 2022. The projects remain in the design stage.
Lately, the wholesale power agreement in between the participating electric cooperatives and Kansas Electric Power Cooperatives was customized to permit them to self-procure up to 15% of peak need, with 5% of that quantity enabling the addition of solar.
TPI was selected as the project developer after the cooperatives asked for proposals in a process that was carried out by GDS & Associates. All systems TPI will install will certainly give concerning 1-megawatt of creating ability. The cooperatives will acquire the electrical energy produced by the selections with the 25-year agreement, which can be prolonged by 5 years.
Taking part cooperatives include 4 Rivers Electric Cooperative Inc., Ark Valley Electric Cooperative Association, Bluestern Electric Cooperative Inc., Butler Electric Cooperative, CMS Electric Cooperative Inc., DS&O Electric Cooperative, FreeState Electric Cooperative Inc., Heartland Rural Electric Cooperative Inc., Ninnescah Rural Electric Cooperative Inc., Sedgwick County Electric Cooperative Association Inc., Sumner-Cowley Electric Cooperative Inc. as well as Twin Valley Electric Cooperative Inc
TPI was created in November 2014 by Arkansas Electric Cooperative Inc., a Little Rock-based utility service participating had by 17 Arkansas electrical distribution cooperatives. TPI has developed solar arrays for 15 of the 17 electrical cooperatives in Arkansas.