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Shining the light

Cotton Electric is proud to announce our own journeyman lineman Tyson Potter has been selected to join a group of 13 volunteer line workers who will work to electrify a remote village in the northwestern part of Guatemala this October. The project will provide electricity to some 45 homes in the isolated village of Chiis in northwest Guatemala.

The project will consist of 2.8 km of primary line (approximately 1.74 miles) and 2 km of secondary line (1.2 miles). The village of Chiis is isolated and economically vulnerable and mainly produces beans and corn for self-consumption.

“We are proud to send an ambassador from southwest Oklahoma to help bring electricity to those who have not been as fortunate as we have,” said Cotton Electric Cooperative’s CEO Jennifer Meason. “It speaks to the value of the cooperative difference that transcends borders.”

The electrification project will be coordinated through the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) philanthropic arm, NRECA International Foundation.

This is the second project of this sort for Oklahoma line workers. In 2016, a successful electrification project took place in the country of Bolivia. Volunteers from Oklahoma and Missouri’s electric cooperatives brought electricity to two Amazonian villages.

“Bringing electricity to remote areas in developing countries takes electric cooperatives back to their roots,” says OAEC General Managers Chris Meyers. “It reinforces our commitment to improve the quality of life for local communities in our home and abroad.”

Oklahoma’s electric cooperatives have established a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, The Oklahoma Energy Trails Foundation, to support this cause. All contributions are tax-deductible. To learn more, visit:  http://tinyurl.com/energytrails.

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