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Constellation and Mohave Electric Cooperative Complete 13.8 Megawatt Solar Project

Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation and a leading competitive retail energy supplier, and Mohave Electric Cooperative (Mohave Electric) announced the completion of a 13.8-megawatt (DC) solar generation project in Fort Mohave, Ariz.

The ground-mounted solar power system is located across 84 acres and fitted with a state-of-the-art single-axis tracking system that enables the system to remain at an optimal angle to the sun throughout the day, maximizing energy output. 

“This project offers us a cost effective way to incorporate more renewable power into our purchased power portfolio,” said Tyler Carlson, Mohave Electric’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our members want solar— they are for it as long as it’s cost effective for the Cooperative.” 

The project required no upfront capital from Mohave Electric. Constellation owns and operates the solar power system. Mohave Electric will purchase the electricity generated by the solar panels from Constellation through a 30-year power purchase agreement. The terms of the agreement provide periodic options for Mohave Electric to purchase the facilities after six years. 

“Constellation is pleased to continue to collaborate with Mohave Electric to deliver renewable solar power to their members, while pro-actively managing their purchased power costs long-term,” said Brendon Quinlivan, executive director of distributed energy origination for Constellation. “Structuring solar projects as power purchase agreements enables municipal utilities and their consumers to adopt solar energy solutions that may require no upfront capital, and provide long-term fixed power costs that are less than projected market rates.” 

This project is the second solar generation system completed by Constellation and Mohave Electric. It joins a 5-megawatt project that was completed in 2015 at a nearby site. Together, the systems are expected to generate approximately 38,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually, or enough to power nearly 4,000 homes according to US EPA data for the region. 

Greenstone Renewables, an Arizona-based clean energy project developer serving commercial and government customers, led the pre-construction development efforts for the solar power project. 

Constellation currently owns and operates more than 400 megawatts of distributed generation that have been completed or are under construction for commercial and government customers throughout the United States, including approximately 300 megawatts of solar installations. Within the solar portfolio, Constellation has developed and owns approximately 70MW’s of solar systems contracted with other utilities and affiliates throughout the U.S. 

About Constellation 

Constellation is a leading competitive retail supplier of power, natural gas and energy products and services for homes and businesses across the continental United States. Constellation's family of retail businesses serves approximately 2.5 million residential, public sector and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100. Baltimore-based Constellation is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider, with 2015 revenues of approximately $34.5 billion, and more than 32,700 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation's cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. 

About Mohave Electric Cooperative 

Mohave Electric provides electricity to more than 40,000 services over some 1,512 miles of energized line, with a service area of nearly 1,300 square miles across portions of Mohave, Yavapai and Coconino Counties in northwest Arizona. As a not-for-profit membership form of business, our cooperative is not driven by profits, but by our values—Innovation, Accountability, Integrity, and Commitment to Community. Our rates cover the cost of doing business and are not marked up to generate a profit. 

 

 

 

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