Sunny, blue skies and a yellow ribbon highlighted the celebration of the completion of the LaOtto Solar Generating Station.
A piece of our Co-op Solar program, the array is owned by our power supplier, Wabash Valley Power Alliance, and maintained by Noble REMC on our lines at the southeast corner of State Road 3 and County Road 70. Construction began in December 2018, with power flowing through the array in April. Two months later, the site was formally dedicated, with attendance from local legislators, project representatives and local REMC employees and directors.
Indiana Sen. Andy Zay and State Rep. David Abbott both spoke at the event to congratulate Wabash Valley and regional REMCs on investing in green energy.
“We need to be at the forefront of implementing this. Wabash Valley and Noble REMC are leading the charge in this effort,” said Abbott, R-Rome City.
The 1-megawatt array is composed of 3,648 individual power-generating panels set on 8 acres of land. The field can generate enough energy on its own to power approximately 125 homes.
Other speakers at the dedication included Noble REMC CEO Ron Raypole, as well as representatives from Wabash Valley and Solential Energy, the contractor of the project.
Under the Co-op Solar program, you can receive energy from larger-scale, cooperative-maintained solar facilities, eliminating individual installation concerns such as improper roof orientation, shaded roofs, high costs and long-term contracts.
Members can choose to purchase blocks, with the amount of electricity they generate offsetting a portion of their monthly electric bill.
It’s a hassle-free way to go green and another example of Noble REMC listening to your needs and ideas. We took your feedback about renewable energy and made it into a reality.