Wabash Valley Power has long been a leader in developing and incorporating alternative energy sources into our risk management plans. Today, we continue to diversify our power supply resources in a way that helps us keep rates stable no matter what the future holds.
Interest in solar energy continues to grow throughout our region. In response, Wabash Valley Power created Co-op Solar, a 1.7 megawatt (MW) community solar program featuring solar arrays in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. The program’s popularity led the WVPA board in mid-2018 to expand the program up to 7.2 MW. Wabash Valley Power also partnered with a third party to create two solar arrays that will produce 198 MW of electricity by 2021. This solar expansion is just another step into the future of alternative energy and a continuing diversification of our power supply capabilities.
In 2019, WVPA will add 75 MW in wind energy from Meadowlake 6.* WVPA’s total portfolio currently consists of 64 MW of wind energy, and will grow to 131 MW from wind in 2019 before increasing to 210 MW by 2020.
*Wabash Valley Power supports renewable energy by owning landfill gas generation and purchasing the output of wind farms and biogas generators. Wabash Valley Power sells, separately, the environmental attributes associated with this generation to its members and third parties, and therefore does not claim the generation as renewable within our own supply portfolio.