We invite members to participate in our 50kW Community Solar Garden, located at milepost 71 in Hatteras Village, NC.
To view real-time production at the garden, visit our Sunny Portal.
CHEC values clean, renewable energy and as your electric cooperative, we constantly look for ways to take a balanced approach towards energy production and generation. Solar energy is one of the cleanest and most affordable renewable energy sources available. By grouping solar panels together, costs can be shared and power output can be maximized.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How many panels does the garden have?
There are 180 panels.
What is the life expectancy of each panel?
The project has a lifetime of 20 years.
Is there a limit on how many panels a member can purchase?
Yes. There is a 10 panel limit per member.
Why should I invest in solar power?
A community solar garden gives all members an opportunity to benefit from this clean energy source because it’s built and maintained at a central location by experts in the field. This eliminates common barriers that prevent members from installing panels on their property.
Does CHEC offer financing for the purchase of a panel?
Yes. We offer 1 year, on-bill financing of panel energy rights for 5% interest to qualifying members.
Are there any tax credits that I can get for purchasing energy rights to a panel?
No. The tax credits will be utilized by the project’s owner or tax equity investor. These tax credits reduced the overall cost of the project and are therefore reflected in the panel energy right’s cost.
What happens if the panels are destroyed?
The project is fully insured by Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange, which also happens to be a cooperative.
What happens if I decide to no longer participate in the community solar garden?
If a member decides to no longer participate in the community solar garden, or is no longer served by CHEC, the cooperative will purchase the energy rights back from the member at a reduced amortized rate.
Who is responsible for maintaining the solar garden and all of the equipment?
NCEMC is responsible for all maintenance and repairs of the community solar garden and all of the equipment pertaining to the project.
For information, or to purchase energy rights, please call us at (252)995-5616.