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Issues: Distributed Generation/Solar

Not-for-profit electric co-ops develop solar for one reason only: to serve their members. Cooperative solar IS consumer-owned solar. Co-ops are now bringing solar to regions of the country where this technology had been written off as unprofitable.

  • Member-owned electric cooperatives have nearly 240 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity online or on the drawing board across the country.
  • Cooperatives are developing solar in 34 states, made up of small, mostly residential systems.
  • Co-ops are now bringing solar to regions of the country where this technology had been written off as unprofitable.
  • As of October 2014, co-ops reported an existing capacity of nearly 95 MW of owned and purchased solar capacity in 34 states, and plans for an additional 144 MW.
  • Co-op solar development has been gaining speed. With the addition of 144 MW of solar capacity by 2017, cooperatives will more than double existing solar capacity.

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View the Cooperative Solar Footprint at
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