OG&E partnering with Chickasaw, Choctaw tribes for new solar farms

Published: Feb. 29, 2020 at 11:15 PM CST
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Oklahoma Gas and Electric announced in a press release this week they will be building two new solar centers in Texoma.

The company says it will build two new 5-megawatt universal solar energy centers in southeast Oklahoma that will help provide renewable energy to the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes.

OG&E says both tribes will purchase about 50 percent of each farm's solar energy output through OG&E's solar tariff.

The new solar centers will be built in Davis and Durant, with OG&E building and operating both centers.

The centers are expected to be online in August.

"We are pleased to work with OG&E on this innovative renewable energy project," said Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby in a press release. "This collaboration highlights the importance of working together to help sustain both a strong economy and a thriving natural environment for generations to come."

"The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma takes pride in being good stewards of the resources we are blessed with in Southeastern Oklahoma. Our partnership with OG&E to utilize a renewable energy source such as Solar Energy furthers the Nation's commitment to responsibly use these resources while protecting our environment," stated Executive Director Ronald Abney in a press release.

OG&E says that the addition of the new solar centers will give the company enough solar energy to power nearly 3,700 homes.