Berea Solar Farm
Beginning in 2011, the Berea Municipal Utilities (BMU), with support from the City and an EECBG grant developed the 246 panel Berea Solar Farm on the grounds of the utilities operations center at 200 Harrison Road. The Berea Solar Farm offers the option to own a portion of the solar photovoltaic (PV) array for customers who want the experience of solar ownership but don’t have suitable space or ability to install it where they live.
Customers and other community members are invited to lease solar panels for a one-time lease fee of $750 per panel. This one-time fee covers a 25-year period. In return, customers will receive credit every billing period for the electricity generated by their panels. In this way participating customers gain access to solar generation at an excellent price (about $3.00 per installed watt). The panels are owned and maintained by BMU and located on city property with excellent orientation to the sun and no shading.
Although anyone may lease panels, only metered residential customers (class 1 or 9) and commercial customers (class 2 or 3) may receive Panel Production Credit (i.e., credit on their electric bills for the electricity produced by these Solar Farm panels). For each panel leased, a location within the BMU service territory must be specified.
Who may want to lease solar panels?
Anyone, including people who don’t live in Berea! But the Berea Solar Farm would seem to be ideal for customers (and others) who want local opportunities to invest in clean energy and
How can I sign up?
To lease a solar panel in the Berea Solar Farm, customers should download the License Agreement and return it with a check made out to BMU for the total amount due. Each panel is $750. Completed License Agreements can be dropped off at the BMU operations building at 200 Harrison Road or mailed to Berea Municipal Utilities, 200 Harrison Rd, Berea, Kentucky, 40403-0926.