Oklahoma solar panels are being installed everywhere you look these days. Residential homes, businesses, and now even electric co-ops are jumping on board. Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) has decided to embrace clean, renewable energy. They’re harnessing power generated by Oklahoma solar panels, as well as wind power.
WFEC is investing in not just one, but three renewable energy projects. These projects are an Oklahoma solar farm, a battery energy storage project, and a wind farm. Gary Roulet, chief executive officer for WFEC, expressed excitement for the completion of the project. “At Western Farmers, we are always looking for ways to better serve our customers with reliable, low-cost and environmentally-friendly energy. With the price of wind and solar energy lower than ever, we are now able to pair it with battery storage to make more affordable, renewable energy available to customers for more hours of the day even when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining.”
Called the Skeleton Creek project, each part is located in three separate counties, and will come online in two different phases. The first phase of the project will be the construction of the wind project. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. The second phase will consist of the construction of the Oklahoma solar farm, as well as the solar battery storage. Skeleton Creek Solar and Storage is expected to be completed and online by the end of 2023.
Phil Schaeffer, WFEC’s Principal Resource Planning Engineer, is very excited to see these projects completed. “This project will help diversify WFEC’s generation portfolio further and continue to lower costs for our members. With this addition, our renewable portfolio will include generation consisting of 270 MW of solar generation, 955 MW of wind generation, and 260 MW of hydroelectric generation.”
In addition to generating clean electricity from their new Oklahoma solar farm, WFEC will also be boosting the local economy. These projects will create hundreds of construction jobs, plus operational jobs once the projects are completed. WFEC is a shining example to other co-ops when it comes to renewable energy. Clean, green energy is the way of the future, and there’s no better way to get there in the Sooner State than with Oklahoma solar panels.
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