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Cooperative Solar Rate

Solar within your reach

No matter where you live or what your energy needs, we're committed to helping you power your life on your terms. If you've been considering installing solar panels, but you rent your home or live in an area with dense shade, we've got an option just for you.

We're developing a series of distributed solar generation sites, which will generate up to 15 megawatts (MW) of power, across our service territory with Renewable Energy Systems America, and our new Cooperative Solar Rate gives you the opportunity to subscribe to a portion of the energy from these facilities (up to 100 percent of your average 12-month energy use) for a 24-month period.

The rate is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is subject to total current solar output capacity.

Cooperative Solar Rate applications are now being accepted, with billing beginning Feb. 1, 2018.

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Cooperative Solar Rate at a glance

  • Availability is subject to total current solar output capacity.
  • Members sign-up will be available in December.
  • Rate is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Enrolled accounts subscribe to a portion of the energy production.
  • Members may enroll up to 100 percent of average monthly electric use based on last 12 months' billing.
  • Subscription requires a 24-month commitment period.
  • Rate is available for Residential and Farm/Ranch, Large Power and Small Power members. Water Well, Industrial and Power Plant Start Power members are not eligible to enroll in the rate, nor are Time-of-Use Rate subscribers or interconnected members.

Production from solar generation sites

Throughout the course of a year, production from solar generation facilities will vary. This means that the Cooperative Solar Rate's monthly production will fluctuate.

Major reasons for variable production are:

  • Weather: Sunny days will lead to more production from solar facilities.
  • Season: Shorter days throughout the winter months lead to less production.
  • Time of day: The sun peaks during the middle of the day, usually around noon. When the sun isn't out, facilities aren't generating power.
  • Sun angle: When the sun is directly above solar panels, its intensity is greater and therefore leads to more generation.

The solar generation sites that support this rate will be mounted on an axis to track the sun. This raises their efficiency by more than 20 percent.

The chart below outlines an average solar facility's generation throughout the year based on the expected availability of 15 MW.

Monthly estimated solar production
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Cooperative Solar Rate billing: what to expect

This example highlights what you can expect throughout an average year on the Cooperative Solar Rate. Please keep in mind that some months will see more output from our solar facilities than others. Monthly electric use will vary throughout the year as well.

Estimated monthly usage broken down by rate

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The examples below compare monthly charges under the residential eSaver and Cooperative Solar Rate at two different months of the year (April and October). The energy use on each example refers to the average monthly solar production chart above.

April bill comparison example
Example power cost - April
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October bill comparison example
Example power cost - Octoberimage
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Building a powerful energy portfolio

The Cooperative Solar Rate plays an important role in our energy portfolio. Solar significantly helps us diversify our energy mix and enables us to not become dependent on a single source of energy. Our ability to source from diverse and competitive sources allows us to ensure the best possible rates for our members.

Additionally, the solar generation sites that support this program will provide power during peak times in the summer, significantly helping offset peak demand. Learn more »


Growing and benefiting together: the cooperative way

Just like PEC is for the members and by the members, this power is by the cooperative and for the cooperative: a buy-local approach that benefits everyone. Because when you do better, we do too. Here’s how Cooperative Solar makes us all stronger:

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The Cooperative Solar Rate offers members choice and an alternative to rooftop solar. It's affordable and requires no upfront investments or contracts, with minimal commitment and flexible terms. The Cooperative Solar Rate embraces the cooperative spirit, showcasing our commitment to leverage beneficial technologies. In addition, it helps offset peak demand with solar generation and diversifies our power supply mix, minimizing exposure to peak power pricing and supporting high reliability.

The enrollment process: How it works

Enrollment in our new Cooperative Solar Rate starts Monday, Dec. 4.

1. Enrollment form
Begin the enrollment process by completing the online form (available Dec. 4), which asks for your contact and account information. Please note that you must specify each account you wish to enroll in the rate.

2. Account verification and rate offer
Once you have submitted your form, we will verify your account information and energy use history to calculate the portion of solar capacity you will be able to subscribe to. If the rate option is available, we will send an enrollment offer back to you with the specific details for your account(s).

3. Rate offer acceptance and member confirmation
Once you receive your enrollment offer, you will confirm or reduce the portion of your average monthly energy that you wish to obtain from this rate. This will kick off our account configuration process and ensure you are set up for billing starting Feb. 1, 2018.

Waiting list
If you submit an enrollment form and are informed that we have reached our sign-up limit, you will be placed on a waiting list and receive regular communication on availability as well as your place in line.


Cooperative Solar FAQs

Why would I enroll in this rate instead of installing rooftop solar?

Is there a fee to apply?

How does this rate compare to the flat rate?

What are transmission costs?

So, if I'm looking for the cheapest rate, I should enroll in Cooperative Solar?

Can I sign up to have part of my bill be on this rate and part on the flat rate?

Can my entire bill be on this rate?

What if I don’t have a 12-month billing history with PEC?

What if I use more power than I’m allocated?

What if I use less power than I’m allocated?

Can I be on this rate and still be on the eSaver or Renewable Energy Rider rates?

Is the energy I receive on this rate certified renewable?

Can I try out this rate for a while and switch back if I don't like it?

Can I get out of the commitment period early?

What if I move out of the service area before my 24-month period ends? Do I have to pay the penalty?

If I'm a Cooperative Solar Rate subscriber and I move within the service territory during my commitment period, is there any sort of transfer fee? What happens to my units?

What happens at the end of the 24-month commitment period?

I really want to sign up, but there’s no availability — what do I do?

Why is availability so limited?

Resources


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Complete an online application to participate in PEC's Cooperative Solar Rate.

Energy News article

PEC to introduce new solar rate option February 2018

OCT. 5, 2017: Pedernales Electric Cooperative will further diversify its members' rate options by offering a new Cooperative Solar Rate in February 2018.

Energy News article

PEC announces construction of solar facilities

FEB. 27, 2017: Pedernales Electric Cooperative announced the City of Johnson City has agreed to lease city owned property for two one-megawatt solar facilities as part of a cooperative-wide solar power generation project.

PEC to bring solar generation to multiple sites across Hill Country

APRIL 25, 2016: When completed, up to 15 megawatts of solar power will be generated, allowing the Cooperative to produce power during peak times and offset high power market prices.