The Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) is going big with community solar. By the end of 2018, the co-op expects to have 15 MW online at five sites throughout its service territory. These local solar installations will be used to provide power to participating co-op members (customers) at a set rate. This is great news for customers who don’t have access to on-site solar—whether it’s because they can’t afford it, don’t own their own homes, or don’t have roof or are on land that isn’t suited for solar. And since participating co-op members will reduce their electric bills compared to the regular PEC rates, it’s no wonder that over 1,000 members signed up in the first day that the program opened for subscriptions in December. If you’re a PEC member, you can sign up here.
PEC is investing in low cost solar to reduce more expensive power purchases from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), which relies heavily on the coal-fired Fayette power plant. Once again, solar is benefiting the environment and reducing costs.
Solar Austin is excited to announce that Jim Spaulding, Director of Project Development Energy Services at PEC, will discuss the co-op’s new community solar installations at our February happy hour.
Tuesday, February 27th, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd
At PEC, Jim Spaulding is responsible for developing and implementing new value-driven energy products and services that will advance and improve the cooperative’s performance in meeting its energy demands and developing strategic goals. He is an experienced professional in the utility, energy solutions, and water markets, as well as wastewater facility enhancement, with a proven track record in team building, specialized sales recruiting, and driving growth.
We hope you will join us Tuesday, February 27th for this exciting discussion about PEC’s community solar initiative!