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Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative Partners in 30-MW Solar Projects


Glen Allen, Va. – Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) and ten (10) other electric distribution cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware, has awarded two contracts to Hecate Energy to deliver the full output of two solar projects to be located in Northampton County and Clarke County, Va.  ODEC conducted a competitive bid process administered by National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) seeking bids for solar projects ranging in size from one to 10 MW (megawatts). Hecate was chosen based on its ability to provide the most cost-effective and beneficial solar generation facilities to ODEC within the service territories of its eleven member-owners.


The Cherrydale project, located in Northampton County, will have the capacity to generate approximately 20 megawatts of electricity; this new facility is expected to be in service by December 2016. Additionally, the Clarke County project will produce 10 megawatts of electricity and also has a completion date of December 2016.


John C. Lee, Jr., president and CEO of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and a member of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative’s  board of directors and its power supply commitee, remarks, “Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative has a mutual responsibility with its ODEC partners to provide a balanced approach in building our portfolio of generation sources. Our approach must be one that withstands two fundamental tests: first, to insure the ability of each member to receive energy at a reasonable rate, and secondly, to advance our initiative to provide environmentally sound generation sources.”


“These solar projects demonstrate our continued commitment to renewable energy,” states Rick Beam, ODEC’s senior vice president for power supply. He continues, “We have taken a steady, deliberate approach to integrating renewable resources, and it has paid off over time as we continue to pursue cost-effective resources for our member-owners.”


To date, legislation in the Commonwealth of Virginia has not mandated the inclusion of renewable energy as a part of a utility’s generation sources; however, the member-owners of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative have voluntarily and responsibly provided energy generated by wind, landfill gas, and hydro facilities. David Lipscomb, MEC’s vice president of member and energy services, comments, “At MEC we take seriously the need to include renewable resources in the energy we provide. We must be deliberate in our choices to simply do the right thing…for our members and for our environment.”


About ODEC:

Headquartered in Glen Allen, Va., Old Dominion Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit, member-owned power supply cooperative. It supplies the wholesale power requirements of its 11-member electric distribution cooperatives that provide reliable, affordable electricity to 1.4 million people in 70 counties in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. Learn more at www.odec.com.


About Hecate:

Based in Nashville, Tenn., Hecate Energy LLC is a global developer of solar power plants, natural gas-fired power plants, wind power plants, and energy storage solutions that create significant social and economic impact. Founded in 2012, Hecate has more than 2,400 MW of power plants under development around the globe. For more information on Hecate, visit www.hecateenergy.com.


About MEC:

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative is the not-for-profit consumer-owned energy provider to over 31,000 homes, farms and businesses located in portions of the Virginia counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Pittsylvania, Southampton and Sussex  and the North Carolina counties of Granville, Person, Northampton, Vance and Warren. It is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, headquartered in Chase City with district offices in Gretna, Emporia and Chase City.



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