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Northern Michigan Cooperative Launches Solar Garden Program May 30, 2013 | Written By Amanda H. Miller


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Ruth
- 537 days ago - cleanenergyauthority.com
'Cheryland Electric, a distribution cooperative in northern Michigan, is quickly selling shares in its new community solar garden project. The cooperative started with an 80-panel solar array at its facility and allowed members to buy panels, or....'



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Ruth R. (216)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 7:43 pm
From the article:
'Cheryland Electric, a distribution cooperative in northern Michigan, is quickly selling shares in its new community solar garden project.

The cooperative started with an 80-panel solar array at its facility and allowed members to buy panels, or shares, for $470 each. All members receive a $75 rebate and some members qualified for a second $75 rebate. And they get credit on their bills for the power their panels generate even though the solar panels aren't located on their property.

The program, called the SolarUpNorth Alliance, has been popular, said Rachel Johnson, grass roots advocate for the cooperative. With room for about 220 panels, 120 are already reserved and the program just started in mid-April, she said.

The program started because customers wanted it, Johnson said.

Its pretty simple, she said. Were a cooperative, which means our members are our owners. Were constantly trying to do the things our owners want us to do and the community solar model made sense. '
 

Frances Darcy (225)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 4:33 am
A novel idea hope it does well and the ifea could spread.
 

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 4:45 am
noted, thanks Ruth
 

Marija Mohoric (47)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 1:04 pm
thank you
 

Dimitris Dallis (7)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 1:51 am
Thank you.
 

Jude Hand (59)
Friday July 12, 2013, 8:22 am
Noted. Good for you, Michigan. They really seem to be open to new technology and willing to check it out. Kudos!
 
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