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PAGE 2 | LIVEWIRE | JUNE 2016 Community Solar


On a windy, rainy day in April, TCEC dedicated its Community Solar array. The array went live in late March and is producing energy – and credits on electric bills.


TCEC members pay a one-time subscription fee of $340 per share to buy into Community Solar. They get a credit on their electric bill for their share of energy produced by the array. Because the FUHGLW LV IRU D À[HG SULFH SHU NLORZDWW KRXU WKDW LQFUHDVHV RYHU WKH 25-year life of the subscription, this is a way to lock in part of the price you pay for electricity. It’s also about a ten year payback on your investment. As of May 5, 366 shares of a total 3,840 have been subscribed to from the array.


Michael Henderson, president of Today’s Power, Inc., and developer of the project made some remarks during the dedication ceremony.


“One of the things we’ve had an opportunity to look at is how the electricity industry is changing,” Henderson said. “Will business remain the same as it is today or will distributed generation change the way we currently do business? This cooperative has shown that LW KDV LWV ÀQJHUV RQ WKH SXOVH RI WKLV FKDQJLQJ HQYLURQPHQW ZLWK WKH renewable options it’s offering.”


If you’re considering Community Solar, attend one of the informational sessions we’re hosting in June. Visit www.tcec.coop


for details.


To learn more or sign up for TCEC Community Solar, visit www.tcec.coop or call 580.652.2418.


Distributed Generation in Rules & Regulations


TCEC has long offered members the option to install renewable energy at their residence or business through its distributed generation and net metering program. Wind, solar and biomass resources under a certain size are covered by this program. The energy produced by the renewable resource offsets the member’s monthly retail energy consumption. If excess energy is produced TCEC will credit the member for it at the local wholesale avoided cost.


Better yet, TCEC Community Solar offers an affordable alternative to distributed generation. It’s a renewable option without the hassle of installation and maintenance. It also has an estimated ten-year payback period on its 25-year life.


If you’re looking to purchase renewable energy for your home, call TCEC and we will help you throughout the process.


Read more about distributed generation and net metering on pages 30 and 52 in the Rules and Regulations, located at www.tcec.coop > About > Rules & Regulations.


Energy Efficiency Tip of the Month


Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense.


Source: energy.gov


Electrical Safety Tip of the Month


Do not use electrical


appliances that have been wet. Water can damage the motors in electrical appliances like freezers and refrigerators.


Source: Electrical Safety Foundation International


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