SoCore Energy announced Oct. 4 that construction has commenced on a 1.9-MW, ground-mounted solar project in Leakey, Texas, for Bandera Electric Cooperative (BEC).
SoCore worked to develop this project for BEC, which will provide the opportunity for its members to subscribe to community solar power for their homes and businesses. The Leakey facility will generate an estimated 3,587 megawatt hours (Mwh) of clean energy within its first year of operation.
“We are excited to bring this innovative opportunity for our members to participate in community solar,” said BEC Chief Executive Officer William Hetherington. “We are looking forward to working with SoCore to deliver reliable, cost effective and renewable energy that supports our communities for the long term.”
“It has been a wonderful experience working with BEC and adding to our portfolio of projects with rural electric cooperatives,” said Laura Caspari, director of development, SoCore Energy. “We are looking forward to helping them bring clean renewable energy to their members and supporting the development of community solar in the territory. It brings new opportunities and choices for their members.”
Following construction, an affiliate of SoCore will own and operate the facility, which will provide power to BEC under a Power Purchase Agreement.
Bandera Electric Cooperative distributes electricity to nearly 24,000 members and more than 34,400 active meters across seven counties in Central Texas. Approximately 90 employees operate and maintain more than 4,536 miles of power lines.
With hundreds of solar solutions designed and installed across 17 states, SoCore offers commercial and industrial companies, electric cooperatives and communities portfolio-wide solar solutions that provide energy cost savings and carbon reduction opportunities. It is a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Edison International.