Blue Grass Energy members who want to help the environment and future generations by powering their home or business with renewable energy will soon have their chance. We are teaming with other Kentucky Touchstone Energy Cooperatives to build and operate a 60-acre solar farm that is expected to begin generating sun-powered electricity this fall.
State regulators recently gave the green light to plans for Cooperative Solar, the largest sun-to-electricity community solar farm in Kentucky. The facility is expected to produce enough electricity to satisfy the power needs of about 1,000 homes.
More than 32,000 solar panels are being installed on land adjacent to the headquarters of Blue Grass Energy's power supplier, which is based in Winchester and generates electricity for our co-op as well as 15 others in the state.
Cooperative Solar One, as the new solar farm is called, will provide Blue Grass Energy members an easy, affordable way to benefit from sun power without the hassle, maintenance and expense of owning your own solar electricity generation. The program is ideal for those who rent, have shaded property or don’t want to put solar panels on their roof.
Interested members will pay a one-time fee of $460 to license a single solar panel for 25 years. Each panel is expected to produce up to 50 kilowatt-hours of solar energy monthly. Energy output will vary due to the sun’s angle, the time of year, the number of cloudy days in the month and other factors. Every month, the energy output of your licensed panel will be calculated and credited to your bill.
Panel licenses are now available. To learn more, visit www.cooperativesolar.com.
If you happen to be driving on Interstate 64 just east of Lexington, keep an eye out for the solar farm we’re “planting” in a field by the roadway. Soon, we will be harvesting the sun to benefit members of Blue Grass Energy.