Solar array provides power for electric cooperatives in Greene, Daviess-Martin counties
Officials from two electric cooperatives hosted an “open house” at a new solar farm near I-69 that will turn sunshine into electricity for homes and businesses throughout Greene and Daviess-Martin counties.
The 1-megawatt array is located in Greene County, just south of Bloomfield along Interstate 69. The Utilities District of Western Indiana (UDWI) REMC and Daviess-Martin REMC worked alongside Hoosier Energy, their power supplier, to identify a prime location where the two cooperatives could show their support for renewable energy and learn more about how solar power works.
“Commitment to community is one of the seven cooperative principles that we live by every day. It means working together toward a better quality of life and sharing in the future of our communities,” said Brian Sparks, chief executive officer for UDWI. “It’s an honor to participate on this project with our neighboring cooperative, Daviess-Martin REMC. That’s important as we learn together how best to tap into the power of the sun to bring efficient renewable energy to our communities.”
The solar “farm” covers about 10 acres and consists of 4,320 solar panels. It is the second of 10 that Hoosier Energy is installing to benefit its 18 members in southern and central Indiana and southeastern Illinois as part of the electric cooperative power supplier’s “all-of-the-above” energy portfolio.
Collectively, the sites represent an opportunity for UDWI and Daviess-Martin to learn how this variable energy resource integrates with the grid and how solar power might offset the need for other energy resources during periods of high demand.
ABOUT THE UTILITIES DISTRICT OF WESTERN INDIANA REMC
The Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC, located in Bloomfield, Indiana, is an electric utility cooperative serving over 15,000 members in Clay, Daviess, Greene, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Owen, Putnam, Sullivan, and Vigo Counties and maintains over 2,600 miles of line. For more information about the cooperative, visit www.udwiremc.com.
ABOUT DAVIESS-MARTIN REMC
Incorporated in 1939, Daviess-Martin County REMC is a rural electric distribution cooperative located in Loogootee, IN. The cooperative serves 6,700 members and maintains 1,359 miles of line in Daviess, Martin and part of Lawrence Counties in southern Indiana. For more information visit www.dmremc.com.
ABOUT HOOSIER ENERGY
Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative (G&T) with headquarters in Bloomington, Ind. The G&T provides electric power and services to 18 electric distribution cooperatives in southern and central Indiana and southeastern Illinois. Hoosier Energy operates the coal-fired Merom Generating Station, three natural gas power plants, several renewable energy plants and a 1,700-mile transmission network. For more information, visit www.hepn.com.
Utilities District of Western Indiana, Lyna Landis, 812-798-0616, firstname.lastname@example.org
Daviess-Martin REMC, Janet Chestnut, 800-762-7362, email@example.com
Hoosier Energy, Mary Lynn Beaver, 317-752-5991, firstname.lastname@example.org