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OurSolar Community Renewable Program

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.

With this program, residential members can sign up to purchase renewable energy produced by cooperative-owned solar panels at Firelands Electric's new facility, located at 103 Industrial Drive, New London. Each participating member will sign an agreement and subscribe to the output of a maximum of 10 panels. Agreements are for a period of five years and the OurSolar rate will remain fixed for the duration of the agreement.

While OurSolar will not lower the bill of participating members, it is an easy and economical way to get involved in renewable power. Energy produced through OurSolar is 11.85 cents per kWh, which will cost participating members just 1.5 cents per kWh more than the standard residential rate (10.35 cents per kWh). The average monthly price works out to be less than $2 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.

Below are links to additional information about Firelands Electric Cooperative's OurSolar program.

If you have questions, please contact our Members Services Department at 1-800-533-8658 or by emailing members@firelandsec.com.
 

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Members will be able to sign OurSolar agreements soon (late Oct. 2018). If you would like to subscribe, please contact our Members Services Department at 1-800-533-8658 or email members@firelandsec.com to request a participation agreement.

 

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