Many cooperative members considering the installation of a residential solar system encounter some type of obstacle, such as trees blocking the sun’s rays or not enough space for the necessary equipment. An even more common barrier is the hefty price tag — a typical residential solar system can cost around $25,000.
Firelands Electric’s OurSolar, a community renewable program, is a cost effective alternative. It gives members the opportunity to use solar energy without installing any equipment at their home, and all maintenance costs are included in the subscription rate.
Phase 1 of the program, which was launched in 2018, allowed residential members to sign up to purchase renewable energy produced by cooperative-owned solar panels located at Firelands Electric's facility in New London. Within a few short months, co-op members had subscribed to all 152 panels. Phase 2 consists of an additional 140 panels, and is part of a larger solar array near Findlay, Ohio that serves electric cooperatives throughout the state.
While OurSolarwill notlower the bill of participating members, it is an easy and economical way to get involved in renewable power. Energy produced through OurSolar costs just 1.2 cents per kWh more than the standard residential rate. This works out to an average monthly premium of less than $1 per panel.
Even though this 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 required to install a personal residential system.
See the links below for additional information about Firelands Electric Cooperative's OurSolar program, or to request a contract.