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News Southwest Rural Electric Association November 2016


Construction of two new SWRE community solar fields is underway and scheduled for completion in coming weeks. The fields are being built by SWRE and its power provider, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative. A 250 kW field is being built one mile south of Frederick at Highway 183 and Airport Road. A 100 kW field is being constructed on Center Drive near Madison Crossing Apartments in the southwest part of Vernon. Together, the two fields will contain 1,368 solar panels.


Community Solar


Any SWRE member may opt to purchase a “share” in the solar fields that is equal to the production of one solar panel. A total of 1,368 shares are available – 950 in the Frederick field and 418 in Vernon.


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The community solar contract period is for 25 years.


The Community Solar concept allows members to utilize solar power without the significant expense or responsibility of installing, maintaining, or insuring solar panels on their own property.


Shares may be purchased in quantities ranging from 1


to 25. Any SWRE member, at any location in the co-op’s service territory, may participate. Shares in the solar fields cost $350 each, payable at the time of purchase.


After the share purchase, members will be credited on their monthly SWRE bill based on their portion of the fields’ production. Participants will not own any of the pan- els or infrastructure.


At current power rates, it is estimated that the payback period for members who choose to buy shares will be ap- proximately 16 years. This is the amount of time that it will take to recoup the initial $350 investment. The share contract will be for 25 years. More information about the Community Solar project is available at SWRE’s website (www.swre.com) or by calling SWRE at 1-800-256-7973.


Happy Thanksgiving from Southwest Rural Electric Cooperative November 24 and 25.


Call 1-800-256-7973 for Outages or Emergencies


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