United Cooperative Services (United), Navisun, and TurningPoint Energy (TPE) started construction on the Erath Solar project in Erath County, TX. The 10-MW AC community solar plant is scheduled for completion in early February of next year. This is the second community solar project partnership between United and TPE. The first project, located in Bosque County, TX, has been successfully operational for the last several years.
Navisun, a solar independent power producer, will finance, build, own and operate the Erath Solar project. This will be the third project for Navisun and TPE, having recently partnered on the 10 megawatt AC/14 megawatt DC Irish Road and Whitmell solar plants in Pittsylvania County, VA.
“Navisun is proud to invest in Erath County and help bring more low-cost, clean solar energy to local communities,” said John Malloy, co-founder and managing partner of Navisun. “We have completed numerous community solar projects nationally and understand how critical partnerships are to the successful completion of projects like Erath Solar. We appreciate the opportunity to work with TurningPoint Energy again and serve United and its community.”
The project was developed by TPE and the energy produced by the facility will be sold under a power purchase agreement to United Cooperative Services, an electric distribution cooperative serving 93,000 meters in 14 North Texas counties. The Erath Solar project will provide United’s members the opportunity to purchase renewable energy through its community solar program, United Community Solar.
“Having always been committed to bringing innovative energy solutions to our membership that align with our mission of delivering exceptional service and value, this community solar facility will give our members access to cost-effective and reliable solar power,” said United CEO Cameron Smallwood.
“TurningPoint Energy is excited to deliver on a second community solar project for United and support its customers’ energy needs with sustainable energy,” said Jared Schoch, President of TurningPoint Energy. “Our past experience and relationship with Navisun as a solar investor and owner-operator were critical to actualizing this project and preserving the best project economics for United.”
— Solar Builder magazine