Pee Dee Electric welcomes ‘new age of electricity’

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WADESBORO — The community solar farm located at Pee Dee Electric’s headquarters is now operational, and is supplying a total of 100 kilowatts of electricity.

Representatives from the NC Electric Membership Corporation, as well as Pee Dee Electric’s board of directors, Wadesboro Mayor Bill Thacker, Chamber Director Lynn Edwards and many others gathered on Friday to celebrate this achievement with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Pee Dee Electric is one of the first electric cooperatives in the state to bring a community-shared solar farm to its members. This concept allows cooperative members to buy the energy output of up to 15 panels at the solar farm. Members who chose to participate contributed a one-time investment of $525 per panel, and now the solar energy produced by the panels is being credited back to their monthly electric bills.

“This model opens up renewable energy as an option to many people who wouldn’t normally have an opportunity to participate in solar energy production,” said Donnie Spivey, CEO of Pee Dee Electric. “There are significant barriers that people have to clear when they want to add solar to their homes, affordability and maintenance being two of the main hurdles. By grouping solar panels together in this community solar farm, costs are shared and power output is maximized.”

Pee Dee Electric worked with Hannah Solar, a company with offices in North Carolina, to build the solar installation, and the cooperative will take care of maintaining the arrays. The total output produced by the system is expected to be approximately 150,000 kWhs of electricity annually.

Members of Pee Dee Electric who are interested in learning more about the Community Solar Farm are asked to contact Todd Moore (704-694-7607), or can email their questions and interest to solar@pdemc.com. Members are also encouraged to visit Pee Dee’s website at www.PDEMC.com.

Pee Dee Electric and the other electric cooperatives in North Carolina incorporate renewable energy into a diverse power portfolio that ensures cooperative members receive reliable, affordable, environmentally responsible electricity.

Pee Dee Electric is a not-for-profit cooperative whose goal is to provide reliable, dependable electric service for its members while focusing on value, quality customer service, and enhancing life in the communities we serve. Pee Dee’s service area consists of Anson, Richmond, Union, Stanly, Montgomery, Moore, and Scotland counties. For more information about Pee Dee Electric, please visit www.pdemc.com.

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