PARIS -- Members served by EnerStar Electric Cooperative will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of solar energy thanks to a new program announced by EnerStar in partnership with Wabash Valley Power Association (WVPA), EnerStar’s not-for-profit wholesale power supplier.

According to a press release, CEO Mike Clark said that under the Co-Op Solar program, EnerStar members can receive energy from a new community solar program that offers members an easy way to participate in solar energy.

“Our new program allows members the opportunity to purchase solar energy from a cooperative-maintained facility, eliminating individual installation concerns such as shaded roofs, maintenance, and landlord restrictions,” said Clark. He added that those who rent their homes will have an opportunity to participate as well.

Co-Op Solar is part of a larger-scale local solar program from WVPA. It consists of five solar arrays located in Illinois, Missouri and Indiana that will generate up to 1.7 MW of renewable solar energy. The Illinois array is located adjacent to the cooperative’s headquarters in Paris.

“Spreading the arrays out over a 3-state geography gives members the best opportunity for capturing the most sun due to weather diversity, and allows the arrays to produce the most electricity collectively,” stated Andrew Horstman, project manager for WVPA. “It may be raining on the arrays in Indiana, but the sun may be shining in Illinois or Missouri.”

To learn more about Co-op Solar, members should contact Tim Haddix at 1-800-635-4145, or visit powermoves.com/solar.

EnerStar Electric Cooperative is a member of Touchstone Energy — an alliance of 750 local, consumer-owned electric utilities around the country. EnerStar Electric Cooperative is committed to providing superior service based on four core principles: integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community. The co-op serves more than 5,254 meters over 1,500 miles of line in parts of Clark, Coles, Douglas, Edgar and Vermilion counties. For more information visit www.enerstar.com.

Known for its deliberately different approach to powering the Midwest, Wabash Valley Power is a not-for-profit electric cooperative and wholesale provider of electricity to 23 locally owned distribution co-op members serving 290,000 residential and 18,500 commercial and industrial members in Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri. Founded in 1963, it has grown to become the 15th largest generation and transmission cooperative in the nation. Learn more at WVPA.com.

Wabash Valley Power is a founding member of the National Renewable Cooperative Organization (NRCO) and the company’s CEO, Jay Bartlett is the current President of NRCO.

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