Woodruff Electric Cooperative purchases all electric power from Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC). AECC was created on July 11, 1949 to provide Arkansas’ electric cooperatives with a reliable and affordable power supply. Based in Little Rock, AECC is owned by Arkansas’ 17 electric distribution cooperatives and is one of the top generation and transmission cooperatives in the nation. The generation and transmission cooperative has assets of about $1.8 billion and annual energy sales of about $727 million.
AECC owns or has purchase power agreements for a total of 4,280 megawatts of generation capacity. AECC’s generation plants include three natural gas/oil-based plants, three hydroelectric generating stations on the Arkansas River, and four natural gas-based plants. AECC also owns portions of four coal-based power plants in Arkansas.
In addition to its owned generation assets, AECC has purchase power agreements for additional energy resources including hydroelectric energy from the Southwestern Power Administration, biomass energy, wind energy and solar energy. Altogether, the total amount of these resources represents more than 18 percent of the cooperative’s generation and energy portfolio.
Collectively, Arkansas’ electric cooperatives provide a diverse and reliable generation mix to more than 500,000 homes, farms and businesses in Arkansas and surrounding states.
Woodruff Electric Cooperative Corporation Solar Array
Woodruff Electric Cooperative Corporation (WECC) partnered with Today’s Power, Inc. (TPI) to complete a 1-megawatt solar array in April of 2019. The project features one of the most advanced single-axis tracking system in the country, containing 3,876 panels covering approximately eight acres of land. The solar site is located near Woodruff Electric’s headquarters in Forrest City. The system consists of 1.4 MW of DC installed and 1.0 MW of AC inverted. All the energy produced by the 1-Megawatt solar facility will be consumed locally.
This was the 20th project that TPI has developed in the state of Arkansas. WECC chose to partner with TPI because of the reliability that has been demonstrated over the last several years to meet the energy needs of other electric cooperatives in Arkansas.
In addition, to the partnership between Woodruff Electric and Today’s Power will not only provide renewable energy to the members of Woodruff Electric, but Quail Forever will provide a habitat important to pollinators and wildlife within the region. The Quail Forever Chapter will be planting wildflower and native warm season grass seed, coordinating procurement of planting equipment, providing volunteer planting labor, and involving the local 4-H group of students during the establishment and monitoring process as part of the QF youth pollinator habitat program. Quail Forever will also provide a management plan for the utility’s maintenance and operations program.
Today’s Power, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based utility service cooperative owned by 17 Arkansas electric distribution cooperatives. Today’s Power, Inc. offers turn-key solar photovoltaic systems, energy storage systems, electric vehicles and charging stations for all sizes and applications.