New Castle Solar Array
In 2015 WWVREMC partnered with Henry County REMC, RSE, and Hoosier Energy to build a 1-megawatt solar array in Henry County. The renewable energy project covers about 10 acres and consists of 4,320 solar panels. Installation of the utility-scale project began in June and a groundbreaking ceremony was held on September 16, 2015. At full capacity, the solar farm will provide enough electricity for about 150 homes and businesses.
Here is what the CEO's of the three co-op's had to say about the solar array project. “We support the value green energy initiatives can bring to our member consumers,” said Shannon Thom, chief executive officer for Henry County REMC, said. "Taking advantage of the sun’s power will continue to keep electric rates as affordable as possible for our communities. That’s what cooperatives do,” added Terry Jobe, chief executive officer for RSE. “Member consumers support renewable energy efforts,” said CEO Mary Jo Thomas of Whitewater Valley REMC. “We realized that working together we could best fulfill that need for the 10,000 members we serve.”
The new solar plant in Henry County is the first of a partnership with the cooperatives’ power supplier, Hoosier Energy, to support member systems’ efforts to bring affordable renewable energy to local communities in central Indiana. Nine more projects are planned to be build throughout Southern Indiana over the next several months.
Click here to read the news release.
You can see the output of the solar array by clicking here and then choosing New Castle.