NEW IN JULY 2022!
We have 342 new community solar panels available at a second location!
The Butler Rural Community Solar program allows cooperative members to purchase subscriptions to solar panels. Subscribers get the benefits of solar energy without upfront costs and without having solar panels located at their home. Generating energy with solar power creates no pollution or carbon dioxide emissions and is a clean, renewable, and sustainable alternative energy source.
Our first community solar array is located on the corner of Lanes Mill and Stillwell Beckett roads across from our office. Construction for the 228 panel array was completed in February 2017. Our newest array was completed in July 2022 and is located in Findlay, Ohio. This larger array, built together with Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, has 342 panels available for our members.
Benefits of Community Solar
- No upfront costs
- No maintenance costs
- No installation barriers, such as trees, roof size, or house orientation/location
- Economies of scale
Community Solar Program Details
- Panels are on a first-come basis.
- Members of Butler Rural Electric Cooperative can subscribe to up to 10 solar panels, and the energy produced by those panels will be calculated into their monthly bill.
- Members can choose a five, 10, or 20 year agreement. The Butler Rural Community Solar rate will be fixed during the agreement but is subject to change after the agreement ends.
- Participating in Butler Rural Community Solar will not decrease your monthly electric bill. The current average cost is approximately $1 per month per panel with the solar credit applied. This estimated cost will be in addition to participating members’ current electric bills.
- The community solar rate is currently higher than energy produced by traditional resources. However, the community solar rate will remain constant for the duration of the agreement while other wholesale energy costs are subject to increase with market fluctuations.
- Each 335-watt panel is expected to produce about 400 kilowatt–hours per year, but the output may be more or less in any given year, depending on weather conditions. The energy produced by the panels will be calculated into a subscriber’s monthly bill.
- Subscribers continue to receive their bill, but it now shows that a portion of their energy is produced by the solar panels they subscribe to and pay for at the community solar rate.
- If the agreement is canceled early due to moving, subscribers can return their subscription to Butler Rural Electric Cooperative at no cost. If the agreement is canceled early for a different reason, the subscription may be returned to Butler Rural Electric Cooperative by paying an administrative fee of $50 per panel.
- Eligibility requirements are listed in the Community Solar Agreement.
To track the output of the Community Solar array, click here.
Interested in Community Solar?
Click here to contact us about joining Community Solar.
Cooperative members and the public are encouraged to stop by the community solar array to view the array and the accompanying signs at any time. If you would like a tour inside the solar array, please contact the cooperative to schedule a time to do so during normal business hours. The community solar array is locked at all times for the safety of our members and the public.
Click here to view our Community Solar FAQs.