Community Solar Project
A&N Electric Cooperative remains committed to empowering our members to make a positive impact on the environment by offering solar energy as an easy and accessible option.
A&N, along with four other regional electric cooperatives are in the process of establishing a community solar project. The Cooperatives will file applications in 2017 for a three-year pilot program to implement utility administered, third-party-constructed community solar for their member-owners. Plans for the program must first be approved by the State Corporation Commission.
Additional applications from other electric cooperatives may come in 2018. The other regional cooperatives at this time include Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, Northern Neck Electric Cooperative and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative.
These programs, if approved, will use existing solar infrastructure. They would utilize electricity generated by the 10-megawatt Clarke County Solar farm on 117 acres in White Post, Va. and the 20-megawatt Cherrydale solar farm facility located on 180 acres near Eastville. Old Dominion Electric Cooperative has entered into a power purchase agreement with Dominion Energy to buy the offtake of the Cherrydale facility, upon its completion.
The community solar project would allow our cooperative members to elect solar power to cover a portion or all of their electricity usage.
Cooperatively-provided solar is a way for members to contribute to a sustainable energy future. Members could have the potential option of accessing 50 kWh "blocks" of clean, renewable solar energy without the expense or maintenance of installing their own solar system.
We will provide more information as it becomes available. And will keep our members updated as the program makes its way through the approval process.