Hancock-Wood Electric Co-op cuts ribbon on first community solar array grand opening
MARION TOWNSHIP, OHIO – October 24, 2016 – Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative hosted the grand opening of its OurSolar community photovoltaic array on October 24, at the site on the northwest corner of U.S. Route 224 and Marion Township Road 216, just east of Findlay.
Hancock-Wood President and CEO George Walton said, “This is the first community solar array for our co-op and the first in our area. We are very enthusiastic about this venture, as are our members, who initiated this project with their requests for more renewable energy resources.”
Hancock-Wood Trustee Chairman Tom Kagy said, “We are also excited to announce we have officially sold all of the energy output of the available 304-panel subscriptions for the program. A 10-panel subscription is estimated to generate approximately 350 kWh per month, which is 25-30 percent of an average member’s energy use.”
Funded by Hancock-Wood, and initiated by the co-op’s statewide association Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives (OEC), the solar array will be maintained by the cooperative. Janet Rehberg, Marketing Director at OEC shared her thoughts on seeing the project completed.
“Hancock-Wood did an exceptional job with this project, they are the first co-op in the state to sell all of their subscriptions and they should be very proud of that. They completed this project with you – the community members in mind,” she said.
Hancock-Wood members may still elect to have their names added to a wait list, if more panels become available Those interested can contact the co-op office. Currently, the program is open to residential members only. To learn more about the program, visit hwe.coop and click on OurSolar in our alert center.
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.