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Wiregrass Electric Inaugurates Groundbreaking Solar Community Program with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

HARTFORD, Alabama — Wiregrass Electric Cooperative (WEC) was ecstatic to declare the commencement of their revolutionary community solar garden. This cutting-edge venture, built with the purpose of democratizing access to solar power, marked a significant step towards embracing renewable energy in the Wiregrass community.

To mark this landmark occasion, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, June 29 at 10 a.m. at the solar garden site, located adjacent to the WEC Hartford office.

Les Moreland, WEC’s CEO, had stated, “With immense pride, we presented the Green Power Choice (GPC) Community Solar program. This community solar garden enabled our members to conveniently and affordably harness the power of solar energy without having to go through personal installations. It eliminated any associated risks and provided a flexible, cost-effective alternative for those curious to tap into solar energy.”

The GPC Community Solar program allowed WEC members to lease a portion of the solar garden’s generating capacity at a predetermined monthly fee. This translated to subscribing to GPC Community Solar and gaining access to solar power without needing to install solar panels on their rooftops, providing an innovative and easy path to clean energy.

WEC COO Brad Kimbro had elaborated on the benefits of this new venture: “Our partnership with PowerSouth Energy Cooperative, our wholesale power supplier, introduced solar power as an economically viable option than individual installations. We were not just emphasizing the economic benefits of solar power, but also giving our members more flexibility in their energy choices and bolstering green initiatives under the umbrella of a trusted energy provider.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony enjoyed the support of a myriad of economic, political, and community leaders from the Wiregrass community. The event embodied WEC’s unwavering commitment to spearheading energy solutions for its community.

Wiregrass Electric Cooperative, an electricity distribution network located in southeast Alabama, has a reach of over 3,500 miles of power lines, providing consistent and affordable electricity and energy solutions to approximately 26,000 homes and businesses in Houston, Geneva, Covington, Dale, Henry, and Coffee counties. For more information, visit www.wiregrass.coop.