OG&E, the electric utility subsidiary of OGE Energy, has completed construction of two 5 MW solar energy farms in southeast Oklahoma.
In February, the company announced it would build the two solar energy centers, one in Davis, Oklahoma, and one in Durant, Oklahoma, to help meet the renewable energy needs of the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation respectively.
Both tribes have purchased approximately 50% of each energy center’s solar output through OG&E’s solar tariff. The remaining solar capacity was made available to all customers.
With the new solar farms now energized, approximately 4,600 customers are subscribed to OG&E Solar Power.
“We are grateful for our relationships with the Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation and for their collaboration in bringing the benefits of solar energy to our Oklahoma communities. All of the output of these two farms is now fully subscribed. We look forward to adding additional projects as customer demand grows.”Sean Trauschke, president and CEO of OGE Energy.
“When I look at these new solar farms, I see the future. The Choctaw Nation has thousands of years of experience living off the land in a sustainable way, and, to us, this is a natural and welcome development. By living more sustainably, we can be good stewards of the environment and still live comfortably.”Gary Batton, chief of the Choctaw Nation.
The two new farms, along with the company’s solar farms in Mustang, Oklahoma, and in Covington, Oklahoma, bring OG&E’s total solar energy acreage to more than 168 acres.