Mutual benefits are what co-ops are all about. That’s why you’ll find this whole section on YEC’s website focusing on alternative forms of energy and renewables.
Electric co-ops support the use of a wide range of fuels for our electric power, reducing costs and keeping rates low. Today, a “fifth fuel” joins coal, natural gas, nuclear and renewables—energy efficiency. That is, when we all conserve energy, we won’t need to produce as much.
Electric cooperatives across the country are actively expanding their fuel portfolios to include an array of renewable sources, including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, manure and hydro.
Did you know?
- Nationwide, co-ops own and purchase a total of more than 4 GW of non-hydro renewable capacity—in addition to roughly 10 GW of preference power contracts with federal hydroelectric facilities.
- Co-ops own 908 MW of renewable energy generation and have purchased contracts for 3.14 GW.
- In 2010, co-ops received 13 percent of their power from renewable sources, as compared with a little more than 10 percent for the nation’s entire electric utility sector.
- Currently, 94 percent of the nation’s co-ops (790 out of 841 distribution utilities) offer renewable energy options to a total of almost 15 million residential co-op members.
- The IRS has approved $900 million in Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREB) allocations for cooperative renewable energy development.
Solar Power: A Hot Topic
York Electric is shining brighter this summer as we make enhancements to our solar energy programs. With recent technological advances and lower costs, solar power has become an attractive option. This promising source of renewable energy has also become increasingly accessible in our service area.
Solar through the power of community
Electric cooperatives are leading the electric utility industry in the development of a type of solar called “community” solar. Community solar farms offer members an opportunity to invest in solar energy without the cost, hassle, and installation of solar equipment on their home. YEC sees this not only as an investment in the future of energy, but a way to accommodate the needs and expectations of our membership. It makes solar more equitable for members and saves them money.
Your cooperative’s Lesslie Community Solar Farm began energy production in September of 2016. The model captured members’ interest instantly, and the subscriptions sold out quickly. Since then, we have worked diligently to find a viable site to build a second farm to meet your needs. I’m excited to announce our efforts will come to fruition this year.
The 180 kilowatt (kW) East York Community Solar Farm will be constructed in the East York Industrial Park, located off Park Place Road in York. We project the farm will be built by the end of the summer depending upon weather conditions. If you have questions pertaining to YEC’s East York Community Solar Farm, please contact Donna Dessaint, YEC’s Solar Liaison, at (803) 818-5213.
A rooftop solar array can be a great way to reduce your monthly energy bill and help the environment, but please be aware of the costs and responsibilities. We have implemented a Solar Advisory Program, a free service, designed to help inform members who are thinking about solar. For example, is your roof suitable for the installation? Will the cost be an investment or a burden? Don’t worry! YEC, your trusted energy advisor, is here to help.
There is no better assurance or peace of mind than allowing your cooperative to help you make the transition to solar. We are always looking out for you!
President and Chief Executive Officer