Paulding Putnam Electric Breaks Ground on Community Solar Project

PPEC Chairman of the Board Dr. John Saxton and PPEC President/CEO George Carter

A new community solar program called “OurSolar” from Paulding Putnam Electric Co-op (PPEC) will make renewable energy easy and affordable for its members. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on November 15th and plans are underway to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony in late January where the entire public and members will be welcome to attend.

The installation of the system is expected to take place December 5 and its located right next to Alex Products on Gasser Road in Paulding. “The beauty of this entire project is that it’s also helping our local economy.  Twenty four electric co-ops in the state of Ohio are also installing community solar projects through our wholesale distributor Buckeye Power. Fortunately, Alex Products here in Paulding, Ohio won the contract to make the racking systems for all those co-ops,” stated Marketing & Economic Development Mgr. Erika Willitzer.

OurSolar reflects PPEC’s balanced approach to energy generation. While most of the power supplied to PPEC will continue to be produced by coal-fired generation, OurSolar gives the cooperative members the option to supplement that base-load power with locally-produced renewable energy.

“Our main goal remains delivering power to our members at the lowest possible cost,” said Pres./CEO George Carter. “As part of that goal, we want to give our members the option of adding renewables to their energy mix in the easiest and least expensive way possible.”

A subscription to a single panel costs between $3 to 5. PPEC plans to hold informational meetings starting in February to further explain the program. PPEC members will also begin receiving information about the program beginning in January 2017.

POSTED: 11/19/16 at 9:42 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News