On July 19, 2014, St. Croix Electric Cooperative dedicated Sunflower 1 - a 103-kilowatt (kW) solar array (103,000 watts). Supported by the Cooperative's Board of Directors and members, the array is one of the pioneers among electric cooperatives in Wisconsin. These projects are part of sCOOP - Solar Cooperative Community Projects established by cooperatives - the National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) and Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange (Federated) - for electric distribution cooperatives in September 2013.
Throughout January and February 2014, 120 SCEC members subscribed to the output of 206, 500-watt units. These members will receive bill credits for the output of the unit(s) they subscribed to. Sunflower 1 was announced to the public on March 4, 2014, energized on July 8, and dedicated on July 19, 2014. On the one-year anniversary of Sunflower 1's energizing, the array had produced 125,000 kWh of solar power.
Click on the "eGauge" image above to view real-time production. NOTE: eGauge was not operational until late July/early August 2014, so the cumulative reading of electricity production is lower than the actual total.