Electric Cooperatives File for Approval of Community Solar Pilot Programs

GLEN ALLEN, Virginia (February 7, 2018) — Four of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative’s (ODEC) member-owners filed applications with the State Corporation Commission (SCC) on January 30, 2018, to implement community solar pilot programs.

A&N, Mecklenburg, Northern Neck, and Rappahannock Electric Cooperatives will establish three-year pilot programs to provide community solar subscriptions to their member-consumers, pending SCC approval.

ODEC, the power supplier for the four cooperatives, entered into a power purchase agreement to purchase the output from the 10-megawatt Clarke County Solar farm in White Post, Virginia, and the 20-megawatt Cherrydale Solar farm located in Kendall Grove, Virginia, in Northampton County on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, each of which entered commercial operations in 2017.

“These community solar pilot programs demonstrate our continued commitment to providing renewable energy options to our member-owners.  We have taken a steady, deliberate approach to integrating renewable resources, and it has paid off over time as we continue to pursue cost-effective options to meet our members’ needs.  We’re very excited to help them offer solar power to their member-consumers at the end of the line,” said Rick Beam, ODEC’s senior vice president of Power Supply.

The community solar pilot programs will allow member-consumers to choose solar power to cover all or a portion of their electric usage each month.  The programs are designed to make solar power accessible and affordable to member-consumers.  The programs also offer member-consumers the opportunity to lock in the cost of their solar power supply for the future.