The Cooperative Solar Program embraces the cooperative spirit, showcasing our commitment to leverage technologies that benefit our entire membership.
Over the last six months, we’ve developed a series of distributed solar generation sites across our service territory. The program has given members the opportunity to subscribe to a portion of the energy from these facilities (up to 100 percent of their average 12-month energy use) for a 24-month period.
A powerful energy portfolio that benefits members
The Cooperative Solar Program plays an important role in our energy portfolio. Solar helps us diversify our energy mix so we do not become dependent on a single source of energy. Our ability to source from diverse and competitive sources allows us to ensure low-cost rates for our members.
Additionally, the solar generation sites that support this program will provide power during peak times in the summer, significantly helping offset peak demand. Learn more »
Production from solar generation sites
Throughout the course of a year, production from solar generation facilities will vary. Major reasons for variable production are:
- Weather: Sunny days will lead to more production from solar facilities.
- Season: Shorter days throughout the winter months lead to less production.
- Time of day: The sun peaks during the middle of the day, usually around noon. When the sun isn’t out, facilities aren’t generating power.
- Sun angle: When the sun is directly above solar panels, its intensity is greater and therefore leads to more generation.
The solar generation sites are mounted on an axis to track the sun, increasing their efficiency by more than 20 percent.