The power you receive comes from a mix of coal, water and wind, demonstrating our commitment to balancing affordable power with environmental goals. In fact, you receive one of the higher amounts of renewable energy in the nation.
Additionally, your cooperative's wholesale power supplier, Minnkota Power Cooperative, has invested significantly in environmental upgrades at its coal power plants resulting in drastically reduced emission, including:
SO2 reduction of 96%
NOx reduction of 56%
Occasionally, members inquire about solar energy and the pros and cons of this variable energy resource. To help separate fact from fiction, Red River Valley Co-op Power installed a 4.2 kilowatt AC solar array at our Halstad warehouse in mid-June 2016 to provide members with real information regarding the effectiveness of solar locally. Co-op employees did 100 percent of the installation work on the 4,200-watt array, which is located in the yard of the co-op's warehouse just east of Halstad.
The array consists of 14 410-watt photovoltaic panels and feeds the warehouse there. At 12 cents per kWh, the estimated payback is 20-21 years. That is with no maintenance issues. Capacity factors (amount of time the array is producing at maximum output over a period of one year) have typically been about 16 percent.
You can view real-time production by clicking on Solar Demo.