Northern Neck Electric Cooperative (NNEC), along with three other Virginia electric cooperatives, recently filed an application with the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to establish a community solar pilot program. The three-year pilot program will administer third-party constructed community solar to interested residential members of the four electric cooperatives, pending SCC approval. The other cooperatives participating in the community solar pilot program with NNEC are Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, A&N Electric Cooperative, and Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative.
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), the power supplier for NNEC, entered into a power purchase agreement with Dominion Energy to buy the offtake of the 10-megawatt Clarke County Solar farm in White Post, VA and the 20-megawatt Cherrydale Solar farm located in Kendall Grove, VA, in Northampton County. Each of these solar facilities started commercial operations in 2017.
Greg White, President and CEO of NNEC views this as a great opportunity for members desiring renewable energy. “Even with the addition of these two large solar farms to ODEC’s generation resources, solar energy is still a small portion of ODEC’s total energy mix. Community solar will
allow interested members to receive the benefits of this renewable energy source without the expense of installing and maintaining solar panels at their homes.”
The program will allow participating members to lock in the price paid for the dedicated solar portion of their generation service for the three-year pilot period. NNEC hopes to receive approval from the SCC for the community solar pilot program by late spring, and be able to offer community solar subscriptions to interested residential members by summer 2018.
NNEC is a member-owned, not for profit, electric cooperative serving over 18,900 homes, farms, and businesses in Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland, King George and Stafford Counties. Visit www.nnec.coop for more information about NNEC.