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