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Co-op Members Can Participate in Cooperative Solar

The sun is rising on a bright new opportunity for solar power from Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives.

Named Cooperative Solar Farm One, the farm produces enough electricity to satisfy all the power needs of about 1,000 homes. When the sun rises daily, more than 32,000 solar panels glisten on the farm’s rolling pasture adjacent to Interstate 64 at East Kentucky Power Cooperative’s (EKPC) headquarters.

End-use members of EKPC’s 16 owner-member cooperatives can license solar panels for $460 each, and for the next 25 years, receive credit on their monthly power bills for the energy produced.

Cooperative Solar One gives members of the 16 owner-members an easy way to benefit from sun power without the hassle, maintenance or expense of owning private solar panels.

“The idea of someone else maintaining it was very attractive to us,” said Guy Huelat, who licensed 77 panels for his Russell County home. “This is much more efficient than everyone trying to figure this out on their own.”

Chad Amos of Nicholasville is a member of Blue Grass Energy who wanted to power his home with renewables.

“The second I heard of the community solar farm, I thought ‘that’s perfect,” Amos said. “We licensed 49 panels, which powers our whole home. We were very concerned about panels on the roof and yard. I don’t think our neighborhood would have appreciated that.”
Anne Cahill is an Owen Electric Cooperative member who lives in Erlanger. Cooperative Solar is a perfect program, she said, to support renewables and because the guidelines of homeowner’s association do not permit placing a solar panel on her townhome’s roof.

“I think it’s a great program,” she said. “I’m talking it up with my neighbors.”

To learn more, visit www.cooperativesolar.com.