An Update on the GVEC Community Solar Program
This month, I’d like to give you an update on the SunHub Community Solar program and the difference it is making for the Cooperative and our members. If you’ll recall, SunHub was introduced in November 2017 and allows participating members to purchase from 100-500 kilowatt-hour blocks of their monthly electricity in solar energy. To date, we’ve had a couple hundred members sign up to support the program, but there’s room for many more.
A Double Win: Local Renewable Energy, Cheaper Standard G&T Power
SunHub Community Solar is a win-win offering. The program gives members a chance to support locally generated renewable energy and lock in their Generation and Transmission (G&T) rate for up to a year from the point of sign up.
From the business end, this GVEC Community Solar program also saves members money in the long term as it helps to lower transmission costs. The capability to put power onto the local distribution grid, as opposed to only purchasing it from other generators via the transmission system, lowers GVEC’s demand during ERCOT’s Four Coincident Peaks (highest points of demand) of June, July, August and September, which is how the PUCT (Public Utility Commission of Texas) determines the percent share of statewide transmission costs that will get allocated to GVEC and other utilities. The lower we can keep overall demand at those peak times, the lower GVEC member-owners will pay for wholesale power year-round.
The SunHub Generation Station: Distributing Greater Pricing Power
If you haven’t yet seen our SunHub Community Solar facility, I encourage you to visit our website at gvec.org and view our 2017 Annual Meeting video, which features the SunHub Generation Station. As one of only a handful of utility-scale solar farms in Texas, it features over 6,500 solar panels that had generated 2.21 gigawatts of energy through early July. To put this in perspective, that is enough to fully power 1,500 residential homes for an entire month. Even more meaningful, the facility is expected to save GVEC members over $100,000 in transmission costs each year.
Sign Up for Our GVEC Community Solar Program Today
The more supporters we have, the larger the positive impact will be for our Cooperative. I encourage all members to visit our website to easily sign up online or call to find out more. There’s no registration fee and it only takes a few minutes of your time to help make a lasting impression on the future.
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