TAPPING INTO THE POWER OF THE SUN
Cooperative brings solar power to central Indiana
FRANKLIN, IN - Officials from Johnson County REMC dedicated a new solar array on State Road 135 today that will turn sunshine into electricity for homes and businesses throughout Johnson County.
The 4,100-panel array just south of State Road 44 is capable of generating one megawatt, enough electricity to power about 150 homes annually as the panels rotate east to west to follow the sun.
Johnson County REMC worked with Hoosier Energy, the electric cooperative’s power supplier, to identify a prime location for the array.
“As a cooperative, our focus is always local,” said Chet Aubin, CEO of Johnson County REMC, which serves more than 24,000 members in Johnson, Morgan, Shelby and Brown counties.
“Thanks to this project, we are in a better position to learn how to best tap into the power of the sun and bring renewable energy to our community,” he added.
The solar array is the seventh of 10 that Hoosier Energy is adding to its renewables portfolio as part of an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy to further the cooperative commitment of affordability, reliability and community.
ABOUT JOHNSON COUNTY REMC
Johnson County Rural Electric Membership Corporation, located in Franklin, Indiana, is a member-owned electric power corporation. Johnson County REMC is a Touchstone Energy® Cooperative which is a national alliance of cooperatively-owned electric utilities that are active members of their local communities committed to serving residential, commercial, and industrial customers with integrity, accountability, innovation and community involvement. More than 750 Touchstone Energy® cooperatives in 46 states are delivering electric power and energy solutions to millions of customers every day.
ABOUT HOOSIER ENERGY
Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative (G&T) with headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana. The G&T provides electric power and services to 18 electric distribution cooperatives in southern and central Indiana and southeastern Illinois. Hoosier Energy operates the coal-fired Merom Generating Station, three natural gas power plants, several renewable energy facilities and a 1,700-mile transmission network. For more information, visit www.hepn.com.