North Central aids Lorain-Medina Rural Electric after high winds
After North Central repaired minor system damages due to Tuesday evening's wind storm, some crews headed east to help Lorain-Medina Rural Electric. LMRE crews worked through the night, Tuesday night into Wednesday, to restore power to its members as quickly and safely as possible.
North Central Electric to add solar energy to its power mix
North Central Electric Cooperative plans to begin construction on a community solar project in late February or early March that will allow its members to purchase the output of the panels.
The solar array with 152 panels will be built behind North Central’s offices on Stump Pike Road in Attica.
The North Central project is part of Ohio’s electric cooperatives’ $4 million investment into the program called OurSolar. Twenty-three cooperatives from across the state are participating.
It is estimated that each panel will produce about 400 kilowatt hours annually. The typical North Central residential member uses about 15,000 kWhs annually.
Members will be able to purchase the output from up to five panels for 1- 5- or 10-year increments. The cooperative will measure the energy produced by each panel each month and calculate it into the member’s bill. A five-panel subscription is estimated to generate about 175 to 200 kilowatt hours per month, which is 15 to 20 percent of an average member’s monthly energy use. A subscription to a single panel is expected to cost less than $2 per month.
“At North Central we believe in strength in numbers,” said Markus Bryant, general manager of North Central “Installing a renewable energy project on your own can be expensive and difficult for most people. However, by working together as a cooperative, we can make it a more affordable and viable option.”
Bryant said OurSolar reflects North Central’s balanced approach to electricity generation. While most of the power supplied to North Central will continue to be produced by coal-fired generators that are among the cleanest of their kind in the world, OurSolar gives cooperative members the option to supplement that baseload power — that is, coal-based electricity production that is highly reliable and always available — with locally produced renewable energy.
The solar array should be operational in the spring, Bryant said. The cooperative will gather electric use data for two or three months and will then officially introduce the new program at its annual meeting in June when subscriptions will be accepted.
North Central serves approximately 9,600 members and maintains 1,792 miles of line in Seneca, Crawford and Wyandot counties, plus portions of Huron, Richland, Sandusky, Hancock and Wood counties.
Our very own Be E3 Smart students from Mrs. Williamson science class at Buckeye Central are
featured in the video below. The Be E3 Smart program is sponsored by the cooperative and is
active in the 7th grade science classes at Seneca East Local Schools, Old Fort Local Schools
and Buckeye Central Local Schools.
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