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Powering Kentucky With The Sun

Posted at 5:13 PM, Nov 22, 2018

WINCHESTER, Ky. (LEX 18)– Driving along I-64, you may have noticed a large solar farm in Clark County. Over the past year, the East Kentucky Power Cooperative has been providing a renewable energy source for homes and businesses in Central Kentucky.

“For years, we’ve had cooperative members who have said, ‘I want a renewable energy for my home or business,'” said Nick Comer with East Kentucky Power Cooperative. “We felt that over the past few years, solar energy has gotten to a point, the technology and the price has fallen to a point that really makes sense for our members.”

The co-op allows you to get the benefits of solar power without the maintenance. Participants pay a one-time fee of $460, that allows them to lease one of the solar panels on sixty acres just outside of Winchester. The lease is for 25 years. Comer said that customers see a savings of $1.50 to $2 a month.

“On a cloudless, sunny day, our panels are generating enough energy to power a thousand typical Kentucky homes,” said Comer. “Even on a miserable, cloudy, rainy day, there’s solar energy getting through the clouds.”

Rain or shine, 365 days of the year, these solar panels will continue to generate renewable energy for homes and businesses around Central Kentucky.

Roughly 900 of the over 32,000 panels at the Winchester solar farm have been leased. If you are interesting in participating in the Cooperate Solar program, or are just looking for more information on solar energy visit cooperativesolar.com.