North Dakota Energy Spotlight – Solar Generation
• Verendrye Electric Cooperative has the largest solar program in the state with more than 225 solar-powered water pumps. The pumps primarily are used in pasture wells in remote areas where building power lines is cost prohibitive. The solar panels are more cost-effective for the cooperative.
• The typical cost to the Verendrye Electric member farmer is $800 for a direct-current pump and then $15 per month to lease the solar panels. Verendrye’s investment in the solar panels is around $3,000.
• In August 2011, Solar Electric Power Association ranked Verendrye Electric second nationwide in a top ten list for solar penetration for 2010. The ranking measured how many solar systems a utility provider had per 1,000 members. Verendrye has 18.8 solar systems per 1,000 members.
• Bismarck State College (BSC) installed an 8 kilowatt solar array for demonstration and educational purposes in 2011 though funding provided by N.D. Department of Commerce, MDU Resources and BSC.
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