Rural Renewable Resources

NRCO Member CIPCO Launches Iowa’s Largest Utility-Based Solar Project

In late 2015, Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) worked with NRCO to initiate an RFP  for the development of the largest utility-based solar project in Iowa. CIPCO has recently selected solar developer Azimuth Energy to develop the project. The multi-site installation will provide 5.5 MW of clean electricity to CIPCO’s Members as part of an ongoing effort to add solar energy to CIPCO’s fleet of energy resources.

The full press release can be found on CIPCO’s website here.

Solar Contracts Awarded

The National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) announced today that one of its members, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) has awarded  two contracts to Hecate Energy to deliver the full output of two solar projects to be located in Northampton County and Clarke County, VA.

NRCO Celebrates First Year of Community Solar Program

The National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC), Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange (Federated) and the National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) are celebrating the first anniversary of their landmark Solar Cooperative Community Projects (sCOOP) program, which offers electric cooperatives access to cost-effective and locally-generated solar electric resources to their members.

NRCO/SMECO Solar RFP Winner Announced

NRCO announced one of its members, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO), has entered into a Purchase Power Agreement with juwi solar Inc. (JSI) to develop a 10.0 MW AC solar facility in southern Maryland.

NRCO Welcomes New Class A Member: Great River Energy

The National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) is pleased to announce the addition of Great River Energy to its membership.  Great River Energy is the 24th member of NRCO.

NRCO LAUNCHES sCOOP Solar Cooperative Community Projects

Carmel, IN – The National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) announced the creation of a uniquely exciting new program for cooperatives interested in offering locally-generated solar electric resources to their members.  There is growing interest among electric cooperatives in sponsoring the construction of small scale solar photovoltaic (PV) generation resources and allowing cooperative members to purchase the output of the solar arrays on a fractional basis.  sCOOP: Solar Cooperative Community Projects was designed to meet that need.

NRCO Helps AECC Add More Wind

NRCO announced that one of its members, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporations (AECC), will buy energy from the Origin Wind Energy project in southeast Oklahoma.  AECC has reached a long-term agreement to purchase 150 megawatts of wind energy from RES America Developments Inc., a subsidiary of Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas).

NRCO Releases 2nd Solar RFP

The National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) announced today that it is requesting proposals for solar electricity generation on behalf of one of its members, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO).  NRCO is seeking solar renewable energy deliveries of up to 16,000 MWh per year, or 2-10 MWs AC of solar capacity.

NRCO Helps 7th Member Co-op Add Wind

Recently, Arkansas Electric Cooperative corporation became the 7th Member to participate in NRCO’s wind subscription process.


Nine solar power plants, in three locations in California's Mojave Desert, comprise the Solar Energy Generating Systems (SEGS). SEGS VIII and IX (each 80 megawatts), located in Harper Lake, are, individually and collectively, the largest solar thermal power generating plants in the world.  The SEGS plants are concentrating solar thermal plants.


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