Power agreement credits tribe with solar power projects
June 24, 2020
The Flandreau City Council has approved an agreement to allow a solar power benefit to the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe.
The council approved the solar interconnection and power purchase agreement with the tribe and Missouri River Energy Services for small renewable power generation. Missouri River Energy is the wholesale provider of power to Flandreau.
Under the agreement, the power supplier will purchase any power generated by the tribe's 10 small solar projects in Flandreau and the city will give the tribe billing credit at the rate of 3.14 cents per kilowatt hour.
City Administrator Jeff Pederson said the project is innovative and exciting. It will mean that while the city will give up some revenue, it also will need to buy less power at a higher rate.