By Cathy Cash, Electric Co-op Today
The Consumer Federation of America is recognizing electric cooperatives and public power for leading the way on community solar projects. In a new report, CFA says those projects will ultimately pay off through economies of scale and long-term rate stability. “The greater interest of rural electric co-ops and public power systems largely reflects strong interest and participation of their residential customers, who also have the final say in investment decisions,” said Steve Brobeck, CFA executive director and author of the report.
Photo by the Lake Region Electric Co-op, which built its first community solar array in 2013. It sold out quickly.
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