Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation (MTEMC) cut the ribbon on a Cooperative Solar project on Tuesday, Nov. 15, and the one-megawatt solar array is the first of its kind for the cooperative.
"This is a big day for Middle Tennessee Electric and its members," MTEMC President Chris Jones said. "It is our goal to be the solar leader among electric companies in the Tennessee Valley. Last year, working with our members, we connected more solar generation than any other power distributor across the seven states of the Tennessee Valley."
The cooperative expects to open the Cooperative Solar program for participation to its members in the first quarter of 2017. Interested members will be able to enroll in the program and, for a $20 per energy block per month participation fee, they will have their portion of the local, green-generated power applied to their bill. In some months, electricity generated by the solar array may be less than the monthly participation cost, and in others it may exceed that cost. Members who want solar will have the opportunity to participate with ease, letting their cooperative handle all of the details, officials said.
"Just as 80 years ago we were built to serve, today, we are taking the steps to broaden those service capabilities to our members," Jones said.