Community Solar subscriptions available December 1st
To make solar energy more accessible for all consumer-members, Fairfield Electric Cooperative is building a community solar farm at its Winnsboro Office on Highway 321 north of Winnsboro. The cooperative recently began construction and the 60 kW solar array is scheduled to begin producing electricity by January 1.
“This is the right project at the right time for Fairfield Electric,” says CEO Bill Hart. “Community solar is a terrific option for many of our members. It’s affordable. It’s safe. And we’ll make sure it’s reliable.”
Community or “shared” solar, means multiple people get electricity from a midsized solar array, offering a convenient option for consumers who want a part of their monthly power to come from the carbon-free resource.
Like most traditional community solar arrangements, Fairfield Electric Cooperative is responsible for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the solar plant. The cooperative will offer subscriptions in one kilowatt (kW) blocks of the solar farm’s generating capacity and the member will receive a credit each month for the kilowatt-hours the block produces.
HOW IT WORKS
Decide how many blocks of solar power are right for you. One block is equivalent to 1 kilowatt (kW) and will produce an average of 150 kWh per month.
Complete the subscription agreement. Then pay the upfront charge of $140 per block and the one-time administrative fee of $35. (maximum of four blocks per member).
Start receiving solar energy credits on your monthly electric bill. Each month you will receive credit for a portion of the production from the Community Solar farm. Your portion is based on how many solar blocks you have selected.
UPFRONT CHARGE: $140 per block
MONTHLY CHARGE: $14 per block
MONTHLY CREDIT: 10 cents credit per kWh
One Time Administration Fee: $35
1 block is equivalent to 1 kilowatt (kW)
Sign-ups will begin on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 8:00 am on a first-come, first serve basis. To subscribe, call a customer service representative at 1-800-628-0336 or visit one of our offices today.
If subscriptions sellout and you are still interested, the cooperative will maintain a waiting list when additional subscriptions become available.
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