Our community solar project, ACEC SunSource, was completed in May of 2017 and member-owners participating in our community solar began earning energy credits effective July 1, 2017. ACEC SunSource offers Cooperative members the opportunity to power their homes with solar without the worries of buying, installing and maintaining their own solar array.
Why community solar?
ACEC values clean, renewable energy. Solar is one of the cleanest and most affordable renewable energy sources available. By grouping solar panels together, costs can be shared and power output can be maximized.
ACEC SunSource is an attractive option for members who are interested in solar but do not want to make a significant financial investment or do not have a suitable location for their own installation.
Do I have to be a member of the Cooperative to participate?
Yes, to be eligible you must be an Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative member in good standing with an active electric account.
What size is the solar array and where is it located?
The 100 kilowatt (kW) array is located at the Cooperative's headquarters facility. It contains 360 panels; each panel is comprised of a primary, south facing panel and a secondary, north facing panel.
How much energy will the solar arrays produce?
Energy production will vary from month to month and year to year based on how much the sun shines. Estimated annual production in the range of 470 kilowatt-hour (kWh) per panel is expected.
How do I participate in the ACEC SunSource community solar program?
You must sign an Community Solar Agreement, designating your commitment term (5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 years), and then make a one-time payment according to the following table at the right.
How do I receive payment for participating in the program?
Each month the energy produced by the solar array will be measured and the total divided by 360 panels. Each participating member's account is credited the per-panel production (for each panel owned) at the Co-op's single-phase energy rate in effect at that time.
What about any future costs to maintain the solar system?
The Cooperative agrees to own, operate, maintain and provide insurance for the solar array for the duration of the program.
How long could I receive benefits from ACEC SunSource?
You agree to a 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25-year term.
What if I transfer or cancel my ACEC account?
In the event that a member closes his account, he may request that his panel(s) be transferred to another of his accounts, to another ACEC member or be repurchased by the Cooperative.
How do I sign up to participate in ACEC SunSource?
Interested members may complete the Community Solar Agreement. Please contact our office (888-788-1551) with any questions about the agreement.