MUSTANG, Okla. -- The symbolic throwing of the switch introduced an alternative form of energy into the mix... solar power.
"We see this as another great renewable energy option for the state of Oklahoma," said Kathleen O'Shea, OG&E Spokeswoman.
Next to the Mustang Power Plant, dating back to the late 1940's, are two new solar farms near N.W. 10th and County Line Road.
"We want to learn more about solar, it is a new product, we want to understand how it's going to work on our network," said O'Shea.
Between the two solar farms, they generate about 2.5 MW, which is equivalent to powering about 500 homes.
"It's exciting to know that this power that the good Lord gives to us everyday, that shines on us, that we can take that power and figure out a way to use it to provide for our daily needs," said Rodd Moesel, American Plant Products and Services.
Rodd Moesel runs a greenhouse business next door.
He, of all people, appreciates solar power because plants can't grow without radiant energy emitted by the sun.
"Well I think we're going to use this power right away because it goes right in the line in front of us and we're the first business to pull power off the line," said Moesel.
From wind power, to natural gas and now solar power in our state, it shows the diversity in energy advancements available for customers, giving them a choice.
OG&E hopes to have this particular solar power program available for customers by the end of this year or early next year.
And in case you're wondering, a law passed last year in Oklahoma requires electric utilities to file new rate plan tariffs for solar customers by the end of this year. This is for customers who want to generate some or most of their electricity, but still stay connected to the grid.
Solar customers won't pay more for their grid costs, but their bills will show the grid cost separately from the electricity. There is no tax, surcharge, or extra charge, according to OG&E officials.