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Here Comes MORE Sun!

As promised, Walton EMC is bringing more cooperative solar power.

Walton EMC's Cooperative Solar FieldOur first one-megawatt project that came online earlier this year quickly sold out. But you kept calling and asking to be put on a waiting list. That patience will soon be rewarded.

Your co-op was able to find a suitable piece of land to build another 2 1/2 megawatts of cooperative solar a few miles south of Monroe.

It took a few months to get the groundwork laid, which included purchasing and closing on the land, getting approval and rezoning from the county and signing a construction contract with our contractor, Radiance Solar.

Site preparation is now underway and construction should begin around mid-January.

"Our second project will make another 1,875 blocks of cooperative solar available to our customer-owners," said CEO Ronnie Lee. "We expect the new site to be producing electricity somewhere around an April–May timeframe."

Most of the blocks of the new project have been spoken for, with less than 400 remaining. Customer-owners can sign up for those blocks by calling Walton EMC at 770-267-2505.

Each block costs $25 per month and is expected to produce between 180 and 260 kilowatt-hours. Those kilowatt-hours are deducted off the total energy used for that month.

"We appreciate the enthusiasm and participation of our customer-owners in our cooperative solar project," said Lee. "These projects are good for them, good for their co-op and good for their environment. Everyone wins."