Ohio’s first OurSolar array completed and operational

 Consolidated Electric Cooperative's OurSolar array, located at the co-op's Delaware office, was recently completed.
Consolidated Electric Cooperative’s OurSolar array, located at the co-op’s Delaware office, was recently completed.

The 100-kilowatt OurSolar community solar array at Consolidated Electric Cooperative, the first of its kind in the state of Ohio, is now fully operational and producing renewable energy for Consolidated members.

According to Ben Wilson, manager of power delivery engineering for Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, Consolidated’s array started producing energy on Wednesday, Sept. 7, and generated 439 kilowatt-hours in its first day.

During the hour ending at 5 p.m. on Sept. 7, the Consolidated OurSolar array produced 55 kilowatts, which coincided with a FirstEnergy transmission peak.

“The fact that it hit a transmission peak on its very first day is very interesting and exciting,” Wilson said.

Consolidated, which is marketing panel subscriptions to co-op members, has 120 of its 304 panels subscribed, upon the project’s launch.

“Consolidated was so excited to be the first to install an OurSolar array,” said Pam Hawk, vice president of human resources and marketing services at Consolidated. “There is a lot of excitement from our membership around the project, as it’s the first community solar array for a not-for-profit utility in the state of Ohio.”

Consolidated’s OurSolar array is the first of 23 planned solar arrays at electric cooperatives around Ohio. Upon completion of the entire statewide project, 2,100 kilowatts of renewable energy capacity will have been added to Buckeye Power’s generation portfolio.