06/29/17  Ouachita Electric Receives Award For Work On Solar Array


Ouachita Electric Coop at Camden was recently named as the Smart Electric Power Alliance Electric Coop Utility of the year by SEPA for the coop's work to construct a 12-megawatt solar array in East Camden.

OECC worked with its largest industrial member, defense contractor Aerojet Rocketdyne, project developer Silicon Ranch and Arkansas Electric Coop Corporation to construct the 12 megawatt solar array.

The unique part of this collaboration was the power purchase agreement that placed the array behind Aerojet Rocketdyne's meter, giving the company a  fixed, low-cost power supply. The project was the first utility-scale solar array built in Arkansas. It also provided approximately 6-megawatts of peak capacity and energy to Arkansas Electric Coop Corporation while simultaneously reducing the peak demand for Ouachita Electric Coop.

Ouachita Electric Coop general manager Mark Cayce said the project has clearly demonstrated by working together as a unified team, everybody wins. Cayce said new technology has started to take root here, our goal, he said, has been to refocus attention on South Arkansas as a leader in innovative energy efficiency programs, clean energy and high-speed fiber internet service in the rural area we serve.