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Community solar program launched in Huron County

• Updated Oct 19, 2018 at 3:59 PM

NEW LONDON — A new community solar program from Firelands Electric Cooperative is making renewable energy easy and affordable.

“At Firelands Electric Cooperative, we believe in strength in numbers,” says General Manager Dan McNaull. “Installing a renewable energy project on your own is often just too expensive and too difficult for most people, but by working together as a co-op, we can offer a cost effective alternative for our members.”

OurSolar gives Firelands Electric residential members the option to purchase renewable energy produced by the co-op’s new 50-kilowatt, 152-panel solar array located at 103 Industrial Drive, New London. There is no equipment for members to install and all maintenance costs are included in the subscription rate.

Firelands Electric Co-op members can subscribe to the output of a maximum of 10 panels. Members who wish to take part will be required to sign an agreement for a period of five years and the OurSolar rate will remain fixed for the duration of the agreement. Energy produced through OurSolar will cost participating members just 1.5 cents more per kWh than the standard residential rate. The average monthly price works out to be less than $2 per panel.

Even though OurSolar is a slight increase in price compared to the cooperative’s standard rate, it is a great way to go green. “Members can spend a few additional dollars each month, versus the thousands of dollars often required to install a personal residential system,” says McNaull.

“The co-op’s goal is to give our members the option of adding renewables to their energy mix in the easiest and least expensive way possible,” says McNaull.

For additional information on the cooperative’s community solar program, visit www.firelandsec.com and click on the OurSolar icon or call Firelands Electric at 1-800-533-8658.

Firelands Electric Cooperative, A Touchstone Energy Partner, is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative providing electric service to approximately 9,100 homes and businesses in rural areas of Ashland, Huron, Lorain, and Richland counties.

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