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Let the sun shine!
Kentucky's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives offer solar power

Co-op members who want to help the environment and future generations by powering their home or business with renewable energy will soon have their chance. Kentucky Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are building a 60-acre solar farm that is expected to begin generating sun-powered electricity this fall.

Cooperative Solar One will be the largest sun-to-electricity community solar farm in Kentucky. The farm is expected to produce enough electricity to satisfy the power needs of about 1,000 homes.

More than 32,000 solar panels are being installed on land adjacent to East Kentucky Power Cooperative.

Cooperative Solar One will provide people served by the 16-owner member cooperatives an easy, affordable way to benefit from sun power without the hassle, maintenance and expense of owning your own solar electricity generation.

Interested members will pay a one-time fee of $460 to license a single solar panel for 25 years. Each panel is expected to produce up to 50 kilowatt-hours of solar energy monthly. Energy output will vary due to the sun's angle, the time of year, the number of cloudy days in the month and other factors. Every month, the energy output of your licensed panel will be calculated and credited to participant bills.

Panel licenses are now available. To learn more, visit www.cooperativesolar.com.

If you happen to be driving on Interstate 64 just east of Lexington, keep an eye out for the solar farm we're "planting" in a field by the roadway. Soon, we will be harvesting the sun to benefit our members.