Are you interested in solar power but don't want to put panels on your roof? Perhaps your homeowners' association has restrictions against solar panels, or maybe you rent and your landlord won't allow you to install solar panels. Our 2.7 AC megawatt Cooperative Solar project is the perfect solution for those interested in solar energy. The facility gives residential members the ability to purchase one- kilowatt blocks of solar electricity for $20 each per month.
Cooperative Solar projects allow access to consumers who might otherwise be excluded from owning and installing their own electricity generation. Obstacles like upfront costs, improper roof orientation, excessive roof shading, restrictive subdivision covenants or landlord prohibitions are frequent barriers to homeowners and renters who want to install solar systems.
As a Snapping Shoals EMC customer, you can receive the output from the solar facility according to your needs and interest.
The energy output of your portion will be calculated and credited to your bill every month. This solar energy will offset energy produced from traditional fuels.
Watch the video below to see how the Cooperative Solar program works!
SSEMC is one of the first utilities in Georgia to utilize a resident herd of sheep to maintain the grounds of its 13-acre Cooperative Solar facility. The flock works tirelessly to nibble away at the vegetation growing beneath the arrays of solar panels, vegetation that could reduce efficiency and possibly cause damage to the solar panels.
Herd maintenance is performed by local agriculture students, their advisers and SSEMC employees.
Watch the video below to learn more about the benefits of utilizing sheep to maintain the solar farm.
Cooperative Solar Participation
Don't miss out on solar opportunity! Here's how you can participate!
PRICING AND ENERGY PRODUCTION Blocks of solar electricity are $20 each per month. Each block will receive 1/2,700th of the output of the project and is expected to produce between 135 and 195 kilowatt-hours of solar energy monthly. Energy output will vary due to the sun’s angle, the time of year, the number of cloudy days in the month and other factors.
AVAILABILITY There is a limit of four blocks per member. Only residential Snapping Shoals EMC members can participate.
SIGN UP To sign up, call us at 770-786-3484. We are not able to take online requests at this time. If blocks sell out, a waiting list will be established.
BILLING Kilowatt-hours produced will offset the same number of kilowatt-hours on each participant’s monthly bill.
LENGTH OF COMMITMENT There is no upfront cost, no long-term lease, no maintenance and no contract. You can discontinue your solar energy commitment at any time by notifying us. If you leave the program, Snapping Shoals EMC cannot guarantee there will be availability if you decide to rejoin. Requests to rejoin may only be granted 18 months after previous cancellations.
Snapping Shoals EMC, in accordance with Georgia's Distributed Generation Act of 2001, accommodates residential solar installations up to 10 kw.
We recommend the following steps before installing solar panels on your home:
STEP 1: Before choosing solar panels for your home, consider the following:
- Does my home have unobstructed access to sunlight for most of the day all year long?
- Is my roof large enough to accommodate the system I need?
- Does my community or homeowners association have any restrictions on solar panels?
STEP 2: Contact Snapping Shoals EMC. Call us at 770-786-3484 to find out about the interconnection agreement and ensure a safe and reliable connection to the grid.
STEP 3: Talk with a contractor. If you haven’t already met with a qualified contractor, we suggest you do so before committing to a solar energy system. They will be able to provide you with details for your specific situation.
Snapping Shoals EMC installed a 5kW rooftop solar system at our headquarters on February 28, 2014.