​Co-ops continue to gain national recognition for their commitment to develop solar energy resources. Just last month, the Department of Energy singled out the work of co-ops for a feature article in its Energy.gov website.

The article focused on the efforts of co-ops in making utility-scale solar options less costly and more quickly and easily deployed in rural American communities. It especially called out the work of co-op partners in the DOE-funded Solar Utility Network Deployment Acceleration initiative (SUNDA), which is a continuing outgrowth of a 2009 federal grant secured by NRECA and partner cooperatives that was aimed at developing, testing and distributing a package of ready-to-use set of standard engineering designs, financing models, templates, tools and plans.

  • Read the Energy.gov article

  • See other examples of cooperatives’ work in solar that is recognized by the DOE here.

  • See a compilation of NRECA’s publicly available resources here.

  • See the latest in co-op solar initiatives in the Business & Technology Strategies section of Cooperative.com here.

  • Watch a video from the 2016 Annual Meeting that discussed several co-op solar strategies. Click here.

  • Read last month’s TechSurveillance report from the NRECA Business & Technology Strategies Department that discusses financing of solar and energy efficiency investments. Click here.