U.S. Dept of Energy & Anza Electric Cooperative
SOLAR UTILITY NETWORK DEPLOYMENT ACCELERATION (SUNDA)
With funding from the Department of Energy's Sunshot initiative, 14 Co-ops including Anza Electric Cooperative are developing PV system packages consisting of standardized designs for 250 KW, 500 MW and 1 MW systems.
The research explores how standardization can help bring down the costs of solar. The SunShot Initiative drives research, manufacturing, and market solutions to make the abundant solar energy resources in the United States more affordable and accessible for Americans.
The Department of Energy is providing $3.6 million, matched by $1.2 million from NRECA (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association), the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC), Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange, PowerSecure Internation, Inc. (NYSE:POWR) and fourteen particpating cooperatives.
The principles that have sustained the cooperative movement — voluntary and open membership, democratic member control, members' economic participation, autonomy and independence, education, training and information, cooperation among cooperatives, concern for community — are driving cooperative solar development.