NPEC’s Solar Research Project
Northern Plains Electric Cooperative (NPEC) has a 6.56 kW solar research project at their headquarters facility in Carrington. The research project has been helping NPEC along with partnering cooperative, Dakota Valley Electric, to evaluate solar energy technology since May 2015.
The solar demonstration site allows members to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy to help them determine whether it’s a good fit for their home.
The project is similar in size to a typical residential installation. NPEC wants to help members learn how residential solar works before they invest in systems for their homes or businesses. It is comprised of 16 panels, in an array of four panels wide and for panels deep. Overall, it takes up an area of about 25 feet long x 28 feet wide.