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Community Solar Garden

Going solar just got a lot easier. We are trying to reach our minimum goal of 100 participants to build a Community Solar Garden, so we’re asking any CEC member that is interested in participating to complete the form below to be entered into the program. When enough CEC members subscribe to Community Solar, a grid-connected solar array will be built near CEC’s main office on Hwy 84 in the Sanford community. Participants will sign a 12-month agreement to buy an average of 153 kWh per month for a flat rate of $20.00. This price point will prevent cross subsidy between members. Participation in Community Solar will not reduce subscribing members’ monthly electric bill.

Community Solar enables CEC members to purchase solar while avoiding the complications of rooftop solar. Through this program, members do not have to be concerned about upfront cost, financing, maintenance, rooftop condition and orientation, shade and possible zoning restrictions. We are offering this program for our members who want solar power through a convenient, simple solution. If a community solar subscriber moves off CEC’s lines, the contract will be canceled. If the subscriber moves to another location and remains a CEC member, the contract will be transferred.

To sign up for CEC’s Community Solar Garden, please fill out the form below.

  • Community Solar Agreement Terms and Conditions:

    The Member hereby requests a subscription in Covington Electric Cooperative’s Community Solar Program (CSP) for a solar array tentatively to be built near CEC’s headquarters in Sanford. Pending construction of the solar array, Member billing for CSP will begin the first full billing cycle after construction is completed. If there is not sufficient member interest in the CSP, the array will not be constructed, and this agreement shall terminate upon written notice to the member, and CEC shall have no responsibility for supplying the Member with solar energy. This project is called Solar Project “A”, and CEC's RESIDENTIAL SERVICE SOLAR BLOCK. A tariff applies to this project. (Minimum number of member participants is 100 with a maximum 107). All accounts participating in the solar garden will be billed in Cycle 1 with electric bills due on the 20th of each month.

    Eligibility

    To be eligible to participate in the CSP, a Member's account must be in good standing.

    Participation Terms and pricing

    Member agrees to participate in CSP for a one year (12 months) contract period. Member understands and agrees that all rules of CEC membership apply to this energy purchase and that by choosing to exit the program at any time, Member must wait 12 months before becoming eligible to participate again. If Member opts out of a solar subscription for any account, Member relinquishes all prior rights to block(s) being subscribed to. Those block(s) will be made available to other members for subscription. The Member understands and agrees that should they exit participation without moving off of CEC's lines and prior to the expiration of contracted term, they will pay the monthly subscription rate for the remaining months of the contract term or a flat fee of $100, whichever is less. If Member moves but remains on CEC lines, the contract obligation as hereunder shall be transferred to the member’s account for the new location.

    The total electrical output from the solar project(s) will fluctuate due to seasons and weather. Participating Members will be billed a flat rate monthly for the block(s) of solar energy requested. The applicable term rate for this contract will be:

    $20 per month/per block with an average of 153 kwh per month per block
  • The Member will pay the normal rate for all non-solar kWh. It is estimated that each block will produce an average 153 kWh monthly during the initial five years. Members are encouraged to subscribe to no more than 50 percent of the consumption on their lowest monthly electric bill. If Member's account becomes disconnected due to an outstanding balance, CEC reserves the right to terminate this contract.

    Cooperative Solar Rider

    Member acknowledges that they have received and read a copy of CEC's "RESIDENTIAL SERVICE-SOLAR BLOCK A” tariff.

    Availability

    Blocks are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. CEC members may sign up to purchase one, two or three blocks per account through July 31, 2020; however, CEC will not guarantee more than one block per account until demand has been evaluated after the deadline. In the event, at application, no blocks are available, members may be placed on a waiting list.

    Please indicate below the number of blocks you wish to subscribe to along with the appropriate account numbers.

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