MTEMC's Cooperative Solar Program year in review

MTEMC's Cooperative Solar Program year in review

In November 2016, Middle Tennessee Electric cut the ribbon on a Cooperative Solar project aimed at providing members the opportunity to participate in local, green power generation.

The one-megawatt solar array, located in College Grove, Tenn., is the first of its kind for the cooperative.

"In January of last year, we opened the program up to our members and immediately had participants," said Mandy Pinion, MTEMC energy programs coordinator. "We are working hard to be one of the solar leaders among utilities in the Tennessee Valley, and with our Cooperative Solar Program, we are well on our way."

Over the last year, the more than 3,000 solar panels have generated 1,403,421 kilowatt-hours of electricity that has been put back on the grid.

"That's the equivalent of more than five million gallons of gasoline, 28 million miles driven or more than 900 trees saved," said Pinion. "Overall, the year has been very successful for Cooperative Solar and our participating members."

Interested members can enroll in the program for a $20 per energy block per month participation fee; they will have their portion of the local, green generated power applied to their bill. In some months, electricity generated by the solar array may be less than the monthly participation cost, and in others, it may exceed that cost.  Currently, 85 percent of the available energy blocks are being utilized by members, however, there are additional opportunities still available. Members wanting solar have the opportunity to participate with ease, letting MTEMC handle all of the details … it’s solar made simple.

Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative providing electricity to more than 220,000 residential and business members in Williamson, Wilson, Rutherford and Cannon counties.

Please contact Middle Tennessee Electric's Vice President of Communications & Member Service Robert White at 615-494-1058 for more details.

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