Otero County Electric Cooperative

  • 76 kW

Additional Details

  • 253 photovoltaic (PV) panels
  • 253 micro inverters
  • 23 sub-metered PV systems

Otero County Electric Cooperative Community Solar Garden

In November 2013, Affordable Solar began construction of a pilot utility project for the Otero County Electric Coop (OCEC). Once completed, the pilot solar project will be composed of 23 sub-metered systems totaling 76kW in power output capacity. This visionary project will be OCEC’s first initiative towards a Community Solar Garden concept whereby the Coop’s members will have the opportunity to invest into and own shares of the project that will be operated and maintained by the Coop.

The solar project will utilize 253 solar panels to generate approximately 135,000 kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable electricity per year. In comparison, this is enough energy to power approximately 23 average homes in the Coop’s service area. The use of solar generated energy will avoid approximately 93 tons of CO2 emissions per year, which is equivalent to saving approximately 8500 gallons of gasoline per year.

The solar system components utilized by Affordable Solar to complete these projects include commercial-grade solar panels manufactured by Canadian Solar. The solar panels will be ground-mounted using a solar racking system made by Schletter. The solar panels will generate clean, direct current (DC) electricity from sunlight and feed it to micro inverters manufactured by Power One. The inverters will convert DC electricity from the solar panels into alternating current (AC) electricity that will be fed into the Coop’s electric grid.

If the Coop’s members indicate increasing interest in this pilot community solar garden concept, OCEC may expand the project in the future. Affordable Solar performed as the Prime Contractor, Contract Amount: $261,285, Dates: 11/2013 through 12/2013.

  • Community Solar Garden concept
  • A ~0.5 acre site adjacent to an Otero County Electric Coop’s substation
  • 253 photovoltaic (PV) panels
  • 253 micro inverters
  • 23 sub-metered PV systems (each comprising of 11 PV panels and 11 inverters)