Building the New Grid
Whether to preserve the environment or to lower costs, conservation is a societal goal for utilities, the government and individual citizens. To that end, we continually study the economics of alternative energy and, for several years, have invested in photovoltaic technology solutions. As these energy storage technologies mature, the economics of solar generation improve. Today, many cooperatives are realizing solid economic advantages— recent studies show that one in seven cooperatives already have begun building or planning solar projects.
All segments of current American society have shown interest in alternative energy; rural households surveyed say they would like to purchase solar energy from their local electric cooperative. We have focused on solar generation technologies that work well in rural communities.