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El Dorado Springs solar farm dedicated May 31st

Tuesday, June 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Celebration was the occasion on the afternoon of May 31st in El Dorado Springs, as city leaders gathered with project partners to cut a ceremonial ribbon marking the “grand opening” of the tenth utility-scale solar energy farm whose power is purchased for the Missouri Public Energy Pool (MoPEP). 


The May 31 dedication at the El Dorado Springs Solar Energy Farm is the latest milestone in a solar generation collaboration involving the 35 cities in MoPEP. The facility at El Dorado Springs joins a ‘fleet’ of solar farms located in other MoPEP member municipalities –  Butler, Chillicothe, Higginsville, Lebanon, Macon, Marshall, Rolla, Trenton, and Waynesville. The municipal projects include facilities developed since 2014, through a partnership coordinated by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA), and project partners MC Power Companies Inc. and Gardner Capital.  A 3.09-megawatt solar farm site is also under construction at Farmington, which should begin producing power in 2018.


Sited on the east side of El Dorado Springs, the newest facility went ‘online’ May 23.  The 3.3-megawatt (DC) site has an array of 10,188 solar panels arranged across 19.98 acres. Completion of the farm signals the continued commitment of Missouri’s municipal utilities to solar energy production as a portion of their power portfolio. The addition of the solar generation sites helps meet ongoing goals of improving MoPEP’s long term price stability, and further diversifies the pool’s generation.


Missouri’s municipal utilities have spearheaded Missouri’s growth in solar generation, and now generate a great majority of the utility-scale solar power in Missouri. In addition to MPUA/MoPEP’s solar initiatives, other municipally-based solar farms are separately owned or operated by utilities in Springfield, Columbia, Independence, and Nixa.


All told, the Missouri Public Energy Pool, a part of the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission, produces or contracts for more than 71 megawatts of energy from solar, wind, and landfill gas resources – in addition to 24 MW of contracted hydro power – for a MoPEP 2017 summer peak of 530 MW.  These Commission energy sources also include two landfill gas plants (Lamar, and near Hartville), a wind farm in Rock Port, a contract for additional wind power from a wind farm in Kansas, and two EPA award-winning combined heat and power facilities (Macon and Laddonia).


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