The launch of a community solar farm would also be another electrical first for Boone REMC, which dates its origins as a rural electrical member cooperative dates to 1935. It was the first electrical co-op in Indiana to be funded by the Rural Electrification Administration, and the second REA-funded co-op to provide electrical service; the first power was transmitted May 22, 1936.
A community solar farm would be built at a central location, giving greater economies of scale in both cost and the amount of power produced.
About 40 Boone REMC members have expressed interest in the project, Boone REMC President Brian Newton said, although he doesn’t expect each of them to participate. “I’d love to get one in this year,” he said.
Each solar farm would be based on a 100-foot-by-100-foot array of solar panels, or less than half an acre, Bair said.
Each installation has the potential to produce between 45,000 and 65,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, or enough for four typical homes. An average residence uses between 16 and 17 Kwh a month, Newton said. The solar panels are projected to last 20 years.
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