Rural Renewable Resources

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.

NRCO Announces Winner of Solar RFP

NRCO announced that SMECO has engaged SunEdison to develop a 5.5 MW AC solar facility.

NRCO Announces Third Wind Project This Year

NRCO announced that one of its members, Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, will buy the energy from the planned Shooting Star Wind Project in Kansas.

ENERGY FACTS

The first practical photovoltaic (PV) cell was developed in 1954 by Bell Telephone researchers examining the sensitivity of a properly prepared silicon wafer to sunlight. Beginning in the late 1950s, PV cells were used to power U.S. space satellites.

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