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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 16, 2017
United to Offer Members Solar Power With Community Plant
BURLESON – With the goal of making solar energy more accessible for its members, United Cooperative Services (United) today announced the commencement of a 9.9 MW (AC) community solar power plant that will immediately begin construction in Bosque County. The plant developer is TurningPoint Energy and will be built by DEPCOM Power Inc. (DEPCOM).
“Community solar allows multiple people to get electricity from a large solar photovoltaic array, offering a convenient, affordable option for our members who want a part of their monthly power to come from the environmentally friendly energy source,” said United CEO Cameron Smallwood. “Our community solar project is an attractive option for members interested in solar, but who don’t wish to make a significant financial investment, or do not have optimal space or roof orientation, allowing for the maximum output of the solar system. Our community solar facility will also be the perfect solution for members who rent their homes, or do not want to own or maintain a solar array.”
This community solar plant required no upfront costs to United. However, energy produced by the facility will be sold under a power purchase agreement from DEPCOM to United. As an electric distribution cooperative serving 83,000 meters in 14 north Texas counties, United does not generate electricity, but delivers power to member homes and businesses over 11,000 miles of line. The solar power plant is scheduled to achieve commercial operation by the end of 2017 and will generate clean energy to help bring affordably priced solar power to thousands of United residential members. The facility will cover 58 of the 105-acre site.
“Having always been committed to bringing innovative energy solutions to our membership that align with our mission of delivering exceptional service and value, this community solar facility will give our members access to cost-effective and reliable solar power,” Smallwood said.
Key details for this community solar project include:
- Facility capacity of 9.9 MW (AC)
- 55 local jobs created with an emphasis on hiring military veterans
- 553 rows of tracking solar panels to obtain optimal facility energy output
- 44,340 solar panels with wattages of 320w and 325w per panel
Currently, United is developing the community solar program that will be offered to members and allow members to purchase energy from the system with an availability to occur in the first quarter of 2018.
About United Cooperative Services:
Established in 1938 and headquartered in Cleburne, Texas, United Cooperative Services is an electric distribution cooperative serving 83,000 meters and more than 57,000 members. United plays a key role in the economic development of its communities and unlike a private utility, the cooperative is a not-for-profit business owned by the members it serves. Maintaining more than 11,000 miles of energized line, United serves all or parts of Johnson, Erath, Hood, Bosque, Somervell, Palo Pinto, Coryell, Eastland, Comanche, Stephens, Young, Hamilton, Tarrant and Ellis counties.
For Immediate Release
June 5, 2017
UCS Offers $2,500 Reward for Information Leading to Arrest
Perpetrators shoot electric company’s equipment, causing outage and unnecessary expense.
Stephenville, TX – United Cooperative Services (United) announced today that it is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s) who fired gunshots that caused extensive damage last week to its infrastructure on F.M. 219 and C.R. 420 in Huckabay.
“Our members, both residential and those with businesses served by our electric distribution facilities, depend on having electricity for sustenance of life and economy,” said United CEO Cameron Smallwood. “We are committed to taking aggressive action against anyone who wishes to destroy our equipment that prevents us from delivering safe, reliable and affordable service to our members."
United supports local law enforcement authorities investigating the crime, which caused a day-long outage to one member. With this reward, the cooperative hopes to bring the perpetrator(s) to justice.
The damaged equipment has a value of more than $60,000. However, and more importantly, damaging high-voltage equipment can cause serious injury or death to the perpetrators or innocent bystanders.
“We intend to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law and bring this evildoer or these evildoers to justice,” Smallwood said. “We have earmarked $2,500 to reward anyone who has information that would help us get these people off the streets. Anyone who knows anything about this crime, please contact the cooperative or local law enforcement."
About United Cooperative Services:
Established in 1938 and headquartered in Cleburne, Texas, United Cooperative Services is an electric distribution cooperative serving more than 81,000 meters and nearly 60,000 members. United plays a key role in the economic development of its communities and unlike a private utility, the cooperative is a not-for-profit business owned by the members it serves. Maintaining more than 11,000 miles of energized line, United serves parts of Johnson, Erath, Hood, Bosque, Somervell, Palo Pinto, Coryell, Eastland, Comanche, Stephens, Young, Hamilton, Tarrant and Ellis counties.