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What is Co-Op Solar?
Community solar is an affordable, low risk way for Kankakee Valley REMC members to enjoy the benefits of solar energy without the hassle of permitting, installing and maintaining the system at your home. Through the Kankakee Valley REMC community solar program, the solar equipment is located at the Kankakee Valley REMC headquarters and serviced by a trained technician.
Members can purchase the energy output from a solar panel for a one-time investment of $750. Through the Community Solar program, we will maintain and insure the array. The solar energy produced by the panels each month will be credited to the participating member on their electric bill.
KV REMC Co-Op Solar Program Member Agreement
Learn more about Co-Op Solar
Co-Op Solar is a new solar energy program from Kankakee Valley REMC. Unlike individual rooftop solar system, Co-Op Solar is a “community solar” system-a larger system that allows many co-op members to get the benefits of solar energy.
Kankakee Valley REMC sold their present solar array to Wabash Valley Power Association. This sale allowed us to collaborate with nine additional WVPA member co-ops to launch Co-Op Solar, replacing the Community Solar program. Our array will be joining additional arrays in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. This collaboration allowed us to leverage significant savings and make it possible for more members to participate in the program, since it’s offered at a lower cost.
Instead of connecting directly to solar panels, you’re connected through your regular electric lines to solar arrays across the Midwest that convert sunlight into electricity. You get the benefit of solar energy without any onsite equipment or maintenance.
Currently, the arrays are in Peru, Wanatah and Danville, Indiana, as well as St. Genevieve, Missouri and Paris, Illinois.
As with any solar array, cloudy weather means reduced solar production. But with Co-Op Solar, you get the benefit of solar panels spread across three states. So, when it is cloudy in Wanatah, that doesn’t mean the sun isn’t shining on an array at another location.
When you participate in Co-Op Solar, you purchase a “share” of solar power. Each share you buy gives you access to solar energy. You will need to sign a one-year contract with the cooperative when agreeing to participate in the program.
Kankakee Valley REMC is offering a program that will allow you to purchase Co-Op Solar shares at the current rate of .20 cents each per month for up to one half of your average annual electricity use. The charge for the number of shares you agree to purchase will be billed on your monthly electric bill.
This program may not create a rebate on your bill each month.
Absolutely! KVREMC will advise you on how many shares are available and you are eligible to purchase.
To be eligible, you must be a member of Kankakee Valley REMC.
Nope! The great thing about the Co-Op Solar program is that you can get solar energy even if you’re renting.
You must be an KVREMC member to participate in the program.
Signing up is easy! Contact the Kankakee Valley REMC office at 219-733-2511 and ask to join Co-Op Solar. We will send you a contract for the program that you will need to sign and return to our office.
Wind & Solar Energy Interconnection
We advise our members to conduct a thorough investigation of the benefits from alternative energy (wind/solar) generation before making an investment. The investments in alternative energy systems are not small and we want to be sure our members have fully evaluated the paybacks that may be realized from an installation.
Kankakee Valley REMC purchases electricity from Wabash Valley Power Association (WVPA). If you install a wind generator larger than 10,000 watts (>10KW), any "sell back" agreement will be between you and WVPA. WVPA will pay "avoided cost" for the electricity generated. It is possible that the transformer serving your residence may need to be replaced with a larger one to handle the “potential” output of your wind generator. You would be responsible for any costs associated with such a replacement. For “sell back” from wind generation units that are 10,000 watts or less, refer to the Kankakee Valley Rate Schedule NM. Any "sell back" must be metered and the meter at your residence will need to be reprogrammed to measuring electric current flowing from our distribution system into your service and any excess generation from your wind system into the distribution system independently. A meter that is not programmed to record the energy properly could result in incorrect billing of your account.
Your alternative energy system installation will be required to meet all applicable National Electric Safety Codes and National Electric Codes. One of the requirements is that protection is present that will automatically disconnect your system from the utility in the event of a power failure on the utility side of the meter. There also must be a manual disconnect switch installed near the electric meter that will allow our line personnel to disconnect your system from our
distribution system. That switch must be labeled to identify its function. Your alternative energy system dealer should be able to assist you in meeting these requirements as part of the installation package.
An application for interconnection must be submitted to the REMC for approval prior to installation of any equipment. You will also need to enter into an indemnity agreement with the REMC in which you agree to hold the REMC harmless for any liabilities that may arise as the result of your interconnection. A certificate of insurance is required from your insurer, showing that you have a policy to cover you under such liabilities and naming Kankakee Valley REMC as an additional interested party or certification holder, prior to interconnection of your system.
Sample copies of required documents and reference material may be accessed from the following links:
- KVREMC DG Application
- KVREMC DG Interconnection Process Highlights
- Interconnection Agreement KVREMC
- KVREMC DG Commissioning Test
- Residential R-NM (Net Metering)