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Community Solar

Tap into the power of the sun with Roanoke EC!

Many of our member-owners are interested in renewable energy, and so are we. At Roanoke, it’s our job to make sure you have reliable, affordable power to take you through your day. Nuclear power and natural gas are important, dependable sources of electricity that we rely on to provide power to you, but we think solar power can be responsibly incorporated as an energy source. That’s why we’re bringing a community-shared solar farm to our community to benefit cooperative member-owners.

 

How does it work?

Roanoke EC’s member-owners purchase the energy output from solar panels for a one-time investment or a partial upfront payment with remaining investment financed over a period of time. We’ll build it and cover all insurance and maintenance costs. The solar energy produced by the panels will be credited to you on your monthly electric bill.

The cooperative spirit!

Our community solar project was created in the same spirit that drove the creation of Roanoke EC. More than 75 years ago, electricity was out of reach for residents in our community. A group of people joined together to create our electric cooperative and power our lives. Today, solar energy is out of reach for a lot of people. Among other barriers, it can be expensive to set up and maintain. So we thought – just as our founders did decades ago – let’s do something about this.

Advantages of Community Solar:

  • Low cost, one-time fee
  • No hassling with maintenance (we’ll take care of that!)
  • Our site is well suited for a solar installation, so you can be sure you’re getting the most out of the sun’s potential. Site suitability is often an issue with residential installations.
  • Perfect for renters who want to be involved with renewable energy
  • No red tape with zoning restrictions or home owners’ associations
  • Solar energy will be credited right to your electric bill. Sign up today and we will keep you posted.

Contact our office by calling 252.209.2236 for more information.

 

Community Solar Project FAQs

Where is the solar farm, and when will it be constructed?
The community solar farm is located next to our headquarters building. It began producing solar power in January 2015.
How many panels are available?
There are 360 panels, and you can purchase the energy output for an unlimited number of panels. The price of the panel's energy minus its rebates will depend on the year that you subscribe to the panel. We will also accept down payment and the remaining amount of the purchase can be financed.
Can I purchase the output of more than one panel?
Yes. All unsubscribed panels are available for purchase.

News and Events

April 12, 2017

Every year, we take the time to thank our extraordinary lineworkers who dedicate their lives to keeping the lights on in our local communities. Roanoke Electric Cooperative has 14 lineworkers that maintain 2,000+ miles of line in the cooperative’s service territory, and without them, our world would be dark. 

April 10, 2017

Editor's note: This was originally posted by NRECA.

Throughout the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump pledged to review burdensome federal regulations when he became president. On March 28, President Trump took an important step to follow through on that commitment by signing an executive order to promote energy independence. The order also calls for review of the Clean Power Plan. 

April 10, 2017

Join us, and electric cooperative members nationwide, in celebrating the hardworking men and women who keep the lights on. April 10, 2017 is National Lineman Appreciation Day.



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