Consumers Energy and CIPCO Launch Utility-Scale Solar Generation in Marshalltown
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: March 29, 2016
CONTACT: Kippen Glenney
MARSHALLTOWN – Consumers Energy is part of Central Iowa Power Cooperative’s (CIPCO) utility-scale solar project which is the largest in the state. The Marshalltown Gateway Centre solar facility will generate 441,510 kWh of energy as a part of CIPCO’s 5.5MW solar project. Once complete, the Marshalltown Gateway Centre generation facility will contain 1,188 solar panels and generate enough electricity to power up to 44 homes. In late 2015, CIPCO initiated an RFP for the development of utility-scale solar facilities to be located at several member cooperative sites in Iowa. The multi-site solar installation is the first phase in CIPCO’s long-term plan to incorporate solar as an additional emissions and carbon-free resource within its generation assets.
“Supporting emissions and carbon-free resources for our members is important to Consumers Energy,” stated general manager Jim Kidd. “Incorporating solar into the power we distribute is the right move.”
Utility-scale solar provides reliable, clean electricity generation for members of Consumers Energy and compliments CIPCO’s existing renewable energy generation portfolio. The development and installation costs for utility-scale systems are significantly below those of residential-scale solar and provide benefits to all members within the system. . Members of all income levels will be benefiting from this project. The addition of utility-scale solar increases Consumers Energy’s support of emissions and carbon-free generation resources.
“CIPCO is committed to providing environmentally friendly sources of energy to our members across the state,” said CEO Dennis Murdock. “Over half of the energy generated by CIPCO is emissions and carbon-free, and the addition of solar resources continues our commitment to providing a well-balanced generation portfolio.”
CIPCO selected Azimuth Energy LLC of St. Louis, MO to install the photovoltaic utility-scale solar project. Azimuth Energy LLC is an engineering, construction and development-support service company focused on renewable energy and energy efficient projects.