AEC, ARiES break ground on TN’s first utility-scale community solar project

NEW MARKET, Tenn. — Appalachian Electric Cooperative (AEC) and contractor ARiES Solar  on August 1, 2016 marked the start of construction on the utility’s 1.37 megawatt community solar array with a groundbreaking ceremony. It’s one of the first utility-scale community solar projects in the state. “The Co-op Community Solar program will allow our members, both residential and commercial, to realize the benefits of solar power at a very affordable price,” said AEC General Manager Greg Williams. “We are excited to be the first utility in our area to offer this option to our members.” Subscriptions to the solar power produced by the array will open later this week and members of the co-op will see information on their electric bills starting in August. Pricing will be on a per-panel basis for each of the 9,471 solar panels that make up the system. Subscribers will pay $125.00 per panel and receive a credit each month on their power bill. Commercial customers will also be able to benefit from Renewable Energy Credits, or RECs, generated by their panels. For more information on participating, download the Co-op Community Solar membership factsheet. The project is one of the largest ever for ARiES Solar . “The Co-op Community Solar project is right in ARiES Solar ’s wheelhouse of clean energy and economic development,” said ARiES President Harvey Abouelata. “We were honored Appalachian Electric Cooperative choose us as its partner to the project. We have learned a great deal about community solar and the economic and environmental impact it can bring to all sorts of communities.” The community solar model means even consumers without the option...