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OurSolar Expansion Underway at Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative

Image 9 27 21 At 906 AMCooperative membership has its perks:  A cooperative-based approach to solar power is a cost-effective solution for members seeking a green energy option without the up-front investment in costly solar panels and installation fees. 

Buckeye Power, in collaboration with Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, is developing an expansion to OurSolar, a community solar program developed and operated by Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives. OurSolar is a green energy option that’s available to cooperative members. The expansion will begin in Fall 2021; the new facility is anticipated to be operational by Summer 2022. 

Why OurSolar?

OurSolar differs from other utility scale solar projects in a few ways:

  • OurSolar is operated by the cooperative to provide power to only cooperative members in Ohio. Non-members are not eligible to receive power through the OurSolar program.
  • OurSolar is sized to meet the demand from cooperative members who choose to subscribe to the OurSolar program. As such, the OurSolar facility requires a much smaller footprint than other utility-scale projects.

A Cooperative Approach = Better Pricing for You

OurSolar provides a cooperative-based approach to solar energy, which enables cooperative members to participate in in using green energy, cost-effectively.  By subscribing to the OurSolar program, members do not need to purchase or install their own solar panels.

The current OuSolar array is located at the corner of US 224 and TR 215, the expanded facility will occupy a total of about 15 acres.

Learn more about the OurSolar program

We demonstrate our Concern for Community by volunteering and donating to local charitable causes. Nearly $500,000 in grants have been distributed in the last decade through grants and Operation Round Up funds to individuals and organizations in need. We also provide assistance to Habitat for Humanity, schools, churches and community events. To learn more, click on Community Involvement above. learn more

Members benefit from electric service reliability, competitive rates, money after co-op bills are paid in the form of patronage/capital credits, discounts, informative co-op publications, easy-to-access payment plans, rebates, scholarships, family-friendly Member-only events and a vote in the direction of Hancock-Wood Electric Co-op. To learn more, click on Member Benefits above. learn more

Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative has granted more than $100,000 in scholarships within the last decade. An additional Power Systems Engineer (PSE) Scholarship has been added to the program. The winner of this scholarship is eligible for paid internship(s) in the co-op’s engineering department. learn more