Co-Op Will Hit 100 Percent Daytime Solar Ahead of Schedule

Co-Op Will Hit 100 Percent Daytime Solar Ahead of Schedule

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) has finalized an
agreement with Torch Clean Energy to purchase and develop two new solar array
and storage facilities for a total of 21 MW of additional solar capacity and 15
MW of storage capacity.

With the completion of these installations, KCEC will
surpass the 35 MW required to meet its goal of 100% daytime solar energy – originally
set for the year 2022 – up to nine months earlier than anticipated.

These new developments build upon the arrays that KCEC has
installed over the past 12 years, creating a network of distributed energy
resources throughout the KCEC service territory. Once complete, KCEC with have
a total of 53 MW of renewable energy, including 38 MW of solar and 15 MW of
storage capacity.

Earlier this year, KCEC and partner Guzman Energy issued a
request for proposals for solar capacity and asked developers to propose
projects that include both solar and storage. Torch proposed solar and storage
capacity at two different facilities within the KCEC territory – Angel Fire and
Taos Mesa Energy Facilities – that will exceed the capacity requested. The
Angel Fire Energy Facility will deliver 6 MW of solar and 3 MW of storage
capacity, while the Taos Mesa Energy Facility will deliver 15 MW of solar and
12 MW of storage capacity.

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In addition to meeting KCEC’s daytime energy needs with
solar energy, this development marks the first implementation of storage in the
Kit Carson territory.

“Kit Carson aims to be the greenest co-op in the country.
The addition of these two new solar arrays gives us almost 20 solar projects
within our territory, making Taos and the surrounding areas the ‘Solar Capital
of the World,’” says Luis Reyes Jr., CEO of KCEC. “The addition of storage is
key in helping us provide reliable energy with added cost benefits to our
members, and we are looking forward to completing these developments with Torch
Clean Energy.”

Formed in 1944, Kit Carson is a member-owned electric
distribution cooperative in northern New Mexico and is the second largest
cooperative in the state. Kit Carson is one of 16 electric cooperatives that
serve rural New Mexico communities, serving nearly 30,000 members in Taos, Colfax
and Rio Arriba counties.

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