Is solar right for you?
Solar panels are good for the environment, but what’s their effect economically? That’s the question Northern Plains Electric Cooperative was searching for when they installed a 16-panel solar system at our Carrington office in 2015 as a research project. With the help of funding partners USDA Rural Development, the North Dakota Department of Commerce and Northern Plains' sister coopertaive Dakota Valley, the co-ops installed a 6.56 kW system.
Choosing a system
Before you install any solar or wind generation system, you are required to apply for an interconnection agreement with Northern Plains Electric and get prior approval from the co-op for the equipment you are planning to purchase and install. Check out all the policies applicable to this or give us a call before you purchase anything.
After doing our own research, Northern Plains Electric chose a 6.56-kilowatt solar system to install at their Carrington office headquarters. Click on the Solar link below to see this systems kwh output in real time along with a history of its performance.
Press related to the Solar Research Project:
June 23, 2015 -- Solar power research project launched in Carrington (link is external), Prairie Public Broadcasting
June 22, 2015 -- Northern Plains and Dakota Valley's Solar Project Ribbon-cutting (link is external), NewsDakota.com