4 Rivers Electric Cooperative Celebrates First Anniversary
By Dennis Svanes, General Manager/CEO
January marks 4 Rivers Electric Cooperative’s first co-op anniversary. Certainly, 2020 was not the year anyone expected due to the pandemic. As we move into 2021, I am hopeful for a more normalized way of doing business and living life than the prior year presented us.
We are very excited for the construction of our solar facilities. They are scheduled to be online by late spring. Each of the solar farms will have 1.4 MW of panels installed but will be limited to 1 MW of output at any given time. This allows for a couple of things. Solar panels degrade over time. Putting in additional panels will allow the system to last for over 25 years with the 1 MW output. It also allows us to make sure we generate at full capacity during our peak times. The solar panels will be situated on a single-axis tracking system. This means the panels will track from east to west throughout the day, following the sun and maximizing our harvest of the solar rays and subsequent power generation.
While this past year was a very challenging year, I am thankful for all the hard work the 4 Rivers employees did to manage and overcome these challenges to continue serving you, the members of 4 Rivers.
Happy New Year!