Kit Carson Electric setting national example for renewable energy

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Kit Carson Electric setting national example for renewable energy

Co-op in New Mexico separates from Tri-State to pursue solar option
Northern New Mexico co-op Kit Carson Electric Association bought out of its Tri-State Generation and Transmission contract in 2016, giving it the freedom to build solar arrays in its three-county area to serve its 29,000 members.
Cost comparison

La Plata Electric Association 12 cents per kWh $21.50 base chargeThe average LPEA customer pays $109.42 monthly for 700 kWh.
Kit Carson Electric Cooperative rates 11 cents per kWh for the first 750 kWh $20.50 base rate.A Kit Carson customer would pay $99.94 for 700 kWh.
This isn’t a perfect comparison, because Kit Carson’s rate structure may have certain variables that LPEA’s doesn’t. For example, commercial Kit Carson customers may be subsidizing residential customers.

Kit Carson Electric setting national example for renewable energy

Northern New Mexico co-op Kit Carson Electric Association bought out of its Tri-State Generation and Transmission contract in 2016, giving it the freedom to build solar arrays in its three-county area to serve its 29,000 members.

Kit Carson Electric setting national example for renewable energy

Kit Carson plans to generate enough solar energy to power its grid during the day by 2022. This will require 35 1-megawatt arrays that will provide between 34 to 44 percent of the co-op’s total energy consumption.