Today’s Power is heading to Kansas for a new development project.
The North Little Rock-based solar company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc., is partnering with a consortium of 12 electric cooperatives in Kansas to develop solar energy capabilities. Today’s Power will be developing solar arrays in the 1 mega-watt range with each system contracted through a 25-year power purchase agreement.
Under the terms of the collective agreement, the cooperatives will be responsible for purchasing electricity generated from the solar arrays.
Twelve Kansas electric cooperative are participating in the solar development project. The 12 cooperatives include the 4 Rivers Electric Cooperative, Ark Valley Electric Cooperative Association, Bluestem Electric Cooperative, Butler Electric Cooperative, CMS Electric Cooperative, DS&O Electric Cooperative, FreeState Electric Cooperative, Heartland Rural Electric Cooperative, Ninnescah Rural Electric Cooperative, Sedgwick County Electric Cooperative Association, Sumner-Cowley Electric Cooperative, and Twin Valley Electric Cooperative.
This project, the Kansas Cooperative Sun Power Program, will result in more than 20 megawatts of solar power that will stretch across approximately 800 miles in Kansas. Today’s Power was selected as the project developer after all of the Kansas electric cooperatives were allowed to obtain up to 15 percent of their peak demand with five percent of that allowed for solar.
To date, Today’s Power has developed solar arrays for 15 of the 17 Arkansas electric cooperatives. The company has also developed arrays for cooperatives in Oklahoma and Tennessee.