Cooperative Solar Program

The Cooperative Solar Program embraces the cooperative spirit, showcasing our commitment to leverage technologies that benefit our entire membership.

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% of their average 12-month energy use) for a 24-month period.

Solar rate adjustment

Effective Feb. 1, 2020, the Cooperative Solar Base Power Charge will change from $0.05608 to $0.06108 to reflect development and program costs. The Transmission Cost (TCOS) charges will apply to all delivered energy at the rate of $0.01256 per kWh.

For members in this program, changes will automatically be applied to your February 2020 bill. If you would like to opt out of the program, please call us at 888-554-4732. There is no termination fee at this time.

Below is a sample bill that includes the rate updates:

PEC sample solar bill

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%.