• LPEA Quarterly Renewable Energy Generation meeting set for Nov. 3


    Progress of possible 4-5 megawatt solar garden on DOE property to be discussed

    DURANGO, Colo. – La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) representatives will provide an update on the progress of the possible 4-5 megawatt community solar garden in Ridges Basin (Bodo Canyon) at its quarterly Renewable Energy Generation meeting, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, 9-10 a.m. The meeting, to be held in the multi-purpose room at LPEA’s Bodo Park headquarters (45 Stewart Street), Durango, is a continuation of the cooperative’s Free Information Series.

    “The Department of Energy has issued an RFP, request for proposals, for the project,” said Mark Schwantes, LPEA manager of corporate services. “Those interested in submitting an RFP will also need to understand LPEA’s interconnection requirements and power purchase policies, so we will provide that information at the meeting.”

    Traditionally with large distributed generation systems, such as the hydro project at Lemon Dam, LPEA negotiates a Power Purchase Agreement to buy electricity generated by the system. Additionally, the Department of Energy is requiring that the potential solar garden be connected to the so-called “electricity grid,” which likely would involve LPEA’s equipment.

    “LPEA, as an electricity distribution company, is not interested in building the project,” assured Greg Munro, LPEA CEO. “We are, however, very supportive of a community solar garden, as well as other local renewable generation facilities, and we will work closely with the developer selected to see if it can be a win-win for everyone.”

    Reservations for the Renewable Energy Generation meeting are not required, but appreciated, as refreshments will be served. For further information on the event, or to RSVP, contact Sue Maxwell at 970.382.7170 or smaxwell@lpea.coop.

    LPEA’s quarterly Renewable Energy Generation meetings were established in February 2010 in response to the growing interest in local renewable projects. To learn about future events, visit www.lpea.coop, or request email alerts via Constant Contact (sign up at www.lpea.coop).

    LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, contact LPEA at 970.247.5786.

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