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Hancock-Wood Electric Co-op “Goes Green” with first community solar array grand opening, October 24.

Hancock-Wood Electric Co-op “Goes Green” with first community solar array grand opening, October 24.

 

MARION TOWNSHIP, OHIO – October 17, 2016 - Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative will host the grand opening of its OurSolar community photovoltaic array on Monday, October 24, at 11:30 a.m., at the site on the northwest corner of U.S. Route 224 and Marion Township Road 215, just east of Findlay. Co-op members, elected officials and community members are invited to attend. 

A few weeks ago, all members were invited to subscribe to OurSolar on a first-come, first-served basis, and already the power output of 205 of the available 304 panels has been purchased. Harnessing solar power is now part of the co-op’s renewable energy mix. ­­Each panel is three-feet wide by six-and-one-half feet high and is set in a fixed position facing the southern sky.

Funded by Hancock-Wood’s statewide association Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives (OEC), and maintained by the cooperative, gro undbreaking on the one-third-acre solar took place in August and was attended by community representatives and U.S. Representative Bob Latta, who shared his positive feedback about the project.

Rep. Latta said “It is inspiring to see Hancock-Wood on the leading edge once again. It is important to look to the future with a renewable energy source.”

Hancock-Wood President and CEO George Walton said, “This program is important to our cooperative members because those who asked for more green-energy options, are now able to purchase clean energy from the array to offset a portion of their traditional energy use.”

Hancock-Wood leaders worked with OEC leadership to find every grant and cost savings available to offer community solar at a much-reduced cost over that of rooftop solar - with no upfront costs.   

Hancock-Wood members may still elect to purchase subscriptions at an average of $2 per panel per month as long as availability permits; then, if they wish, their names can be added to a wait list. Currently, the program is open to residential members and only 99 subscriptions remain. To learn more about the co-op’s OurSolar program, visit hwe.coop/residential/oursolar-community-solar.

Hancock-Wood is one of the first electric co-ops across the state to participate in this community solar project, but that does not represent the only renewable resource generated for statewide electric co-op distribution. Ohio electric co-ops receive 4.45 megawatts (MW) from four anaerobic digesters at Ohio dairy, pork and poultry operations, 3.2 MW from the Hancock County Landfill methane gas generation facility, and 6.4 MW from Suburban Regional Landfill. Hancock-Wood also is part of a 55-MW hydroelectric power entitlement from the New York Power Authority. 

Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, established April 20, 1938, serves portions of Hancock, Wood, Allen, Erie, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca and Wyandot counties. Throughout the cooperative’s history, HWE has delivered affordable reliable electric service and supported local causes through charitable contributions, volunteerism and other activities to make a positive impact on economic prosperity and the quality of life within the communities it serves.
For more information about Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, visit www.hwe.coop or call 800-445-4840.

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