Anza Electric Cooperative is very excited to announce our new solar array and our investment in renewable energy.
The financial analysis of our current project has shown a very good rate of return over the expected life of the
system. This is a project that we’re engaging in cooperatively with our power supplier, Arizona Electric Power Cooperative (AEPCO).
AEC has recently purchased the lot next door to our office where the solar array will be built.
In 2011, we installed a “Solar Farm” project that allowed our members to participate in purchasing a small amount of renewable energy for their own use, without the cost of investing in their own system. This was an experiment in “virtual net metering”, where we installed and maintained the system on our building, and credited the energy back to their bill on a pro rata basis. It’s been very popular; we sold the subscriptions out within 20 minutes at our annual meeting, and hope to modify and expand the program after the installation of our new array.
Historically, the biggest objection to renewables has been cost. Our analysis, which has been thoroughly checked by AEPCO and a cooperative financial institution, has proven that this will be good for us over the long haul, especially considering California regulations regarding renewables and greenhouse gas reduction. California utilities must provide 33% of their electricity from renewable energy souces by 2020.
Our new system will be installed in an effort to avoid future rate increases.
There will be no new cost to our members in their rates to pay for this installation.
A Groundbreaking Ceremony took place on October 15, 2016.
Grading and construction will begin soon and the project is expected to be complete by mid 2017.
Board members move the first dirt for the SunAnza project.
General Manager, Kevin Short.
Board Members, Kevin Short and one of the founders
of AEC, Barbara Bradford (in pink dress)