6/29/22 – WELLINGTON, KS — With the flip of a switch Sumner-Cowley Electric Cooperative dedicated a 891 kW/DC solar array near Miller substation today. By installing this solar farm, Sumner-Cowley will be able to reduce the cooperative’s peak load while providing stable rates to their members.
Alongside 11 Kansas Cooperatives, Sumner-Cowley entered the Kansas Cooperative Sun Power Program as a way of harvesting clean, renewable energy and sustainable power. Preceding the Sumner-Cowley Electric Board Meeting on Wednesday, May 25, the solar farm was energized by Today’s Power, Inc., headquartered in North Little Rock Arkansas.
“Knowing that our work helps Sumner-Cowley offer the best to their members makes our job even more rewarding. When we started the Kansas Cooperative Sun Power Program, we knew that keeping the cost of power low was important to Sumner-Cowley, we are thrilled that we can work with them as well as other Kansas Co-ops to provide solar energy,” said TPI President Derek Dyson.
Sumner Cowley CEO Coni Adams said
“Sumner-Cowley Electric is consistently looking for opportunities to better serve our member owners. Shaving our summer peak provides rate stabilization year-round for all our membership. We are achieving this goal through a collaboration with TPI and the other Kansas cooperatives which exhibits our commitment to the cooperative principles and our mission “Building on our past…Lighting the way to the future.”
Today’s Power, Inc. (TPI) was chosen by the 12 Kansas cooperatives in 2020 to provide solar-produced power for cooperative use. For the length of the 25-year-or-more agreement, the cooperative will purchase electricity generated by the solar farm at a fixed-low cost. TPI owns and operates 100% of the solar array.