RES Distributed, a unit of Renewable Energy Systems, agreed with Pedernales Electric Cooperative to develop, construct and manage a 15 MW distributed portfolio of solar photovoltaic projects in the Texas Hill Country.
PEC, established in 1938, is one of the largest member-owned electric cooperatives in the United States and is headquartered in Johnson City, Texas.
The Pedernales Electric Community Solar Project will consist of fifteen sites across PEC's service territory with each site hosting up to 998 kW solar array. Construction of the facilities will begin later this year and is scheduled to be completed in 2017.
RES announced its entry into the distributed energy market in 2015 to offer customer-sited, community solutions for local utilities through the use of solar, energy storage and demand side management technologies. The PEC agreement is a milestone for RES Distributed as the project will be one of its largest solar portfolios to date.
RES has constructed 300 MW of solar power in the Americas, 70 MW of which are in the Central Texas region. RES Distributed plans to use resources and services that are available locally, collaborating with PEC, local organizations, subcontractors and vendors to assist in the execution of the project.
PEC will purchase output from the multi-site facility once it is brought online in 2017 under a long-term power purchase agreement signed with RES Distributed.