With solar energy, the future is bright.
Solar power is a leading form of environmentally-friendly energy. Panels are used to convert sunlight into electricity. Cooperative Energy, Singing River Electric's power provider, surveyed electric cooperative members in Mississippi. The results showed Mississippians wanted solar power and Cooperative Energy responded first with five small-scale cooperative solar sites, and most recently with a larger 52 MW solar facility in Lamar County. Adding solar energy is just one way we help keep the environment clean where we work, live and play.
Singing River Electric wants to be your source for energy and information. Since solar power generation is rapidly becoming more widely available, we put together this information to help answer questions you might have. Contact us for more information about solar.
Cooperative solar brings the benefits of solar to everyone in the community. Cooperative solar generation is part of the diverse and balanced energy mix used to generate cleaner energy for all Singing River Electric members.
Cooperative solar sites are typically larger than residential rooftop systems and some are much larger utility-scale projects. Generation capacity can be anywhere from small kilowatt-scale systems to larger megawatt-scale facilities. These solar sites are most often sited in the community served by the systems, and may be installed on open land or even on top of a public building or a parking garage.
Cooperative Energy, our power provider, handles all of the logistical details for these larger-scale solar energy facilities, including site assessment, selecting and installing the equipment, interconnection and permitting details, and maintaining the system after installation.
There are no additional direct costs to the membership. Cooperative solar generation is part of the diverse and balanced energy mix used to generate cleaner energy for all Singing River Electric members.
- In nearly half of housing arrangements, consumers are not able to install their own solar system. For example, if you rent your home or have covenants that prevent private solar installation, you are automatically benefiting from cooperative solar. If your home is too shaded or your roof isn’t strong enough to support a solar array, you need not worry about that with cooperative solar. If you can’t afford an upfront investment in a solar array, you can rest easy knowing you are already benefiting from cooperative solar generation.
- Because Cooperative Energy builds, operates, and maintains the system, participating members have a win-win arrangement: bearing no upfront investment.
- Cooperative solar is more affordable than installing your own system. There is no direct charge for cooperative solar. It is part of the base load generation used by all members.
- Cooperative solar systems have the advantage of economies of scale, meaning that costs decrease as the size of the system increases.
- If you move from your home, some programs will allow you to take the solar commitment along. Cooperative solar is automatically available in the balanced and diverse generation that all Singing River Electric consumer-members use.
Considering installing private solar on your home or business?
Cooperative solar is part of Cooperative Energy's diverse and balanced generation mix that includes renewable sources like solar and hydroelectricity. This type of solar generation benefits everyone in the community. However if you decide you want more, we can help walk you through the process. Talk to us prior to installation. Our trained engineers and professionals are ready to assist you and your solar provider.
Solar energy in Mississippi.
Cooperative Energy includes solar energy in their already diverse and balanced generation mix. It started first with five small-scale solar sites, and most recently expanded with the a larger 52 MW solar facility in Lamar County. Adding solar energy is just one way we help keep the environment clean where we work, live and play.
Small-scale solar sites
Cooperative Energy (CE), Singing River Electric's generation partner, currently operate five small-scale solar sites at Coahoma, Coast, Delta, Singing River and Southern Pine electric cooperatives. Each installation is 100 kilowatts or less. Starting with small-scale solar facilities across the state allowed us to determine the best location, technology and proper configurations for future solar facilities. CE is making certain our generation mix is balanced and diverse.
Learn more about solar at MyElectricCooperative.com.
Utility-scale solar facility
Cooperative Energy's newest solar venture is a 52MW solar energy facility in Lamar County. The site covers 540 acres and is home to approximately 208,000 photovoltaic solar panels.
Origis Energy constructed and operates the electric generation site. Cooperative Energy purchases all power produced at the location, which blends in with other energy sources including nuclear, hydroelectricity, natural gas and coal to create a balanced and diverse generation mix.