Ranger Power and Wabash Valley Power (WVPA) have expanded their partnership with a new 30-year agreement for WVPA to purchase 99 MW of power from a second solar project being developed by Ranger Power in Illinois. The newly expanded partnership follows WVPA and Ranger’s recently announced 99 MW power purchase agreement for the Prairie State Solar project.
Wabash Valley Power’s co-op members will now benefit from a total of 198 MW of low-cost solar power. Indianapolis-based Wabash Valley Power supplies electricity to 23 not-for-profit electric distribution cooperatives located throughout Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. Ranger Power is a utility-scale solar development company focused on projects in the Midwest.
“As a cooperative, we strive to enter into agreements that have a positive impact for everyone involved, particularly in the communities that we serve,” said Jay Bartlett, CEO of Wabash Valley Power. “Our agreement with Ranger Power is in keeping with our commitment to provide sustainable energy resources for our members.”
The announced projects will provide a significant boost to utility-scale solar energy projects in Illinois. SEIA reported in January that installed solar projects statewide collectively total 81.5 MW. The Ranger Power-WVPA joint projects alone are more than double that amount.
“We’re thrilled to build upon the partnership we’ve forged with Wabash Valley Power,” said Adam Cohen, CEO of Ranger Power. “These agreements will guarantee low-cost, clean power for Wabash Valley’s members while generating jobs, economic growth and environmental benefits for Illinois communities.”
News item from WVPA