REC Holds Dedication Ceremony for its Community Solar Learning Project
Sept.. 17, 2014
REC welcomed guests to the dedication of its Community Solar Learning Project, a 10 kilowatt solar photovoltaic generation system. The system, which is located on the Cooperative's Fredericksburg campus, has been generating power since July. It is part of a project designed to provide information about the effectiveness of local solar power generation, which will be helpful to members of the Cooperative who may be interested in building similar systems on their property.
"REC's Community Solar Learning Project will allow our members and other interested parties to view the output statistics of this system online," said Kent D. Farmer, REC's president and CEO. "Visitors to REC's website can see in near real-time how this system is performing in various weather conditions and at different times of the year. With an increasing interest in grid-connected solar arrays at homes and businesses, we are excited to provide this educational tool for our members and continuing our role in serving as their energy expert."
Farmer continued, "REC has been a leader in efficiency and conservation for many years and supports the generation of electricity through renewable sources. A portion of the electricity REC delivers to its members comes from 270 megawatts of electricity that Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, our wholesale power provider, obtains from renewable sources."
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative currently has 150 members operating solar panels through its net metering program. Net metering is a billing option for members who operate renewable generators, such as solar panels. The average capacity of the solar panels in operation by REC's net metering participants is 4 kilowatts. REC has more net metering participants than any other electric utility in the state when compared to the relative size of each utility. More information about the Community Solar Learning Project, including output statistics, can be found here.
REC provides electric service to over 158,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.