Harrison County REC's Bright Spot: Community Solar
Harrison County Rural Electric Cooperative works hard to provide our members with options for clean, renewable energy that not only benefit the environment, but help our members save on their monthly electric bill. As your electric cooperative, we want to be your source for energy and information. Check out some of the links below to learn more about our community solar.
What is a Community Solar?
Community solar's (also known as solar gardens, or shared solar's) are solar panel systems that are larger than residential systems and are installed, operated, and maintained by the electric cooperative. Members can then participate in the program and in turn receive the production output of the panel through credits on their monthly electric bill. This opportunity allows members to receive the benefits of solar without the hassle of setting up a residential solar system.
What is the advantage of HCREC's Community Solar to its Members?
Most homes are not able to install or support a solar system because of location, financial limitations, or structural setbacks. A solar garden allows members to participate in cleaner energy without the burden of building and maintaining solar panels. Community Solar's also have the advantage of economies of scale, meaning that costs decrease as the size of the system increases. The costs can be spread out among many participants making the investment cost decrease. In addition, if you are a part of the "Switch Makes Cents" load control program, you do not lose your load control meter, or your lower rate by investing in the community solar. If members move homes (within HCREC's territory) they can keep their solar investment without hassle.
How much does it cost to invest in HCREC's Community Solar?
In 2020, panels purchased in the HCREC Community Solar cost $850 per panel. Members can discuss pricing and returns on investment with our Member Services Director, Tim Plumb.