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Solar Garden Grows in Kansas

Linda Hardesty

CEC Energy ManageThe Kansas electric cooperative Midwest Energy and solar garden developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) have signed an agreement to build a 1 MW community solar photovoltaic array. The 4,000 panels will be available for sale to Midwest Energy members throughout central and western Kansas.

The purchase price for panels in the array will include all available rebates and tax incentives, as if the system were located on the customer’s roof. Customers will receive credit for the power their panels produce directly on their Midwest Energy electric bills.

Midwest Energy is the first utility in Kansas to offer community-owned solar to its members.

CEC builds optimally-sited, fully-maintained solar gardens for customers for whom on-site renewable energy systems are not an option. They may lease their space, live in multi-unit dwellings, have homes or businesses that aren’t suitable for solar installations, or lack the financial capacity to install a system on-site. CEC has built or has under development over 40 community solar projects with 18 utility partners across 7 states, representing 26 MW of community solar capacity.



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