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Renewable and Responsible Go Hand in Hand
When it comes to renewable energy, Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are just as committed to protecting co-op members as they are to making their lives better. You can trust your local Touchstone Energy co-op to identify and assess renewable energy options for members before responsibly implementing them in the community. That includes providing you with the latest renewable energy information to ensure solar power won’t burn you, hydropower won’t sink you or wind power won’t blow your money.
RELIABLE INFORMATION ABOUT RENEWABLE ENERGY
Providing answers to your questions about renewable-energy options in our region is just another way your local Touchstone Energy cooperative answers to you.
As your Touchstone Energy cooperative, we are your source for energy and information. Since interest in solar power generation is growing, we put together a series of fact sheets to help answer questions you might have. Contact us for more information about solar and assistance in making decisions about whether solar is a good option for you.
Find answers to common questions co-op members have about solar power. Our responses address issues ranging from, “What happens to a solar system on a cloudy day?” to “How long is the payback period for a solar installation?” Read on for practical details to help guide you as you explore solar options.
10 Steps to Take Before Installing Solar
There’s a lot more to installing a solar system than just calling in a contractor and signing a contract. In fact, choosing a reputable contractor/installer is number 9 on our to-do list. For a successful installation, read on to discover the 8 critical steps to take before signing a contract (as well as number 10, too).
Due diligence is important in any home improvement project. Our list of questions includes some that you’ll want to ask before undertaking any project, but we’ve also included many specific to solar contractors and installations. Let these questions guide you in selecting the best qualified contractor–and system–for your job.
Solar is not a workable solution for all homes, and not all cooperative members can install a system on their roof. But that doesn’t mean that solar power isn’t still an option. One of the fastest growing segments of the solar industry is community solar. Read on to discover how you can reap the benefits of solar power, even if you don’t put a solar array on your roof.
Solar Ownership Options
Lease or buy? This basic question applies to solar, as well as to other lifestyle choices you make. With solar, however, there are additional options to consider, such as obtaining solar through your cooperative’s green power programs, or participating in a community solar project. Find details about these options, and help in determining which is right for you.
Solar Systems: What Size is Right for You?
All solar systems use photovoltaic (PV) cells that produce electricity directly from sunlight. These PV cells are combined to form a module or panel. Several panels are connected together to form an array or a solar system. Arrays can be small―from a few panels to power a roadside warning sign or a remote cabin―up to a large array covering hundreds of acres as part of a utility-scale solar farm. Solar systems generally can be divided into three types, based on size: Rooftop Solar, Utility-Scale Solar, and Community Solar Systems.