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Solar project will benefit OCEC’s 14,000 members

December 20, 2017

Photo: Construction is underway at Otero County Electric Cooperative’s 3 megawatt solar project, located on U.S. 380 between Carrizozo and Capitan. The project is expected to be online in March and will provide locally produced renewable energy to OCEC’s 14,000 members. (Photo: Courtesy Photo/Ray Dean)

By Dianne L Stallings, Ruidoso News

ruidoso news logo imageConstruction began this week on a 3-megawatt solar project near Carrizozo that will sell its output below 4.5 cents per kilowatt hour.

The Otero County Electric Cooperative will receive output from the Carrizozo project, which will be developed and owned by Chicago-based SoCore Energy. Rocky Mountain Institute supplied project analysis and supported the competitive procurement process. More than a year ago, RMI announced its Shine Program would focus on community-scale solar.

The project is expected to come on line in March and has a 25-year power purchase agreement at a fixed price, which will benefit the cooperative’s 14,000 members by reducing the overall cost of purchased power, cooperative officials said.

The project also means jobs are available at the solar project site near the U.S. 380 and NM 37 intersection. Call Maria Chavez at 505-348-4906 for the application process.

In addition to its community-scale projects, the cooperative receives solar power from its supplier Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, including two utility-scale power projects near Deming and Springer.

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