In August 2015, Ouachita Electric Cooperative of Camden, Arkansas entered into a Service Agreement for a 100 kilowatt AC solar array from Today's Power, Inc. (TPI).
“As a member-owned electric cooperative we strive to respond to the desires of our members when it is economically feasible and cost-effective for the membership as a whole,” said Mark Cayce, CEO of Ouachita Electric, which has more than 7,040 members and 9,419 meters. “TPI presented our team with a very efficient solar energy package that met our needs and we are excited to continue to explore the possibilities of methods to ultimately keep the rates for our members as reasonable as possible.”
According to Michael Henderson, president of TPI, Ouachita Electric Cooperative is one of many electric cooperatives that are launching TPI-based solar programs across the country. TPI offers electric cooperatives an opportunity to realize savings that previously was available only to taxable companies.
The Ouachita Electric solar project is a ten K Solar (TKS) REFLECT XT-26 photovoltaic system that will involve approximately 312,410 watt solar panels and will be installed adjacent the cooperative’s office building. The “behind the meter” installation will produce enough energy to support the requirements of Ouachita’s headquarters.