Local electric cooperative goes solar

Some local energy customers now have the opportunity to harness the power of the sun without the hassle of installing solar panels on their properties.

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The Logan County Electric Cooperative recently installed this 152- panel solar array behind the 1587 N. County Road 32 office and the power produced will soon be available for members to purchase.

The Logan County Electric Cooperative, which supplies power to about 4,800 local residential and commercial customers, now has a photovoltaic array of 152 solar panels producing power that is available for purchase by its members.

“This gives people a chance to be involved with renewable energy without having the cost of installing and maintaining solar panels on their own property,” Michael Wilson, director of communications for the local electric co-op, said.

The local solar array is rated at 50 kilowatts and is estimated to meet the total energy demands of five homes at an average annual use of 12,000 kilowatt hours, he said. A typical rooftop array is about 5 to 10 kilowatts by comparison.

The project is part of the OurSolar initiative by Buckeye Power, which is the power energy generation and transmission company owned by Ohio’s network of energy cooperatives.

Statewide, Buckeye Power is installing a total of 2.1 megawatts of solar assets in an approximately $4 million investment in renewable energy, Buckeye Power’s manager of power delivery engineering, said. That is estimated to produce 2.5 gigawatt hours of electricity or enough power to supply 210 homes.

The Logan County project cost about $95,000, which included the panels, the direct to alternate current inverters, the southward-facing gravel pad which is unobtrusively nestled behind the local co-op’s 1587 N. County Road 32 property and a chain link fence to protect the asset from vandalism.

The cost per kilowatt to install the panels was about half what it would cost to install a home system.

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