Community Solar II was energized on June 19th. Sign up now, panels are still available!
Community solar is an affordable, low-risk way for LREC members to benefit from solar energy without any of the hassles of designing, permitting, installing, maintaining and insuring your own photovoltaic solar array.
Lake Region Community Solar II Pricing
What LREC members are saying about Community Solar:
“Community solar is the perfect fit for our seasonal lake home. The kWh credits our panel produces in the winter are carried forward so we can use them during the summer.”
“Purchasing solar through Lake Region allowed us to invest in solar without going through the hassle of installing our own solar panels.”
“LREC’s Easy-Pay option provided us with an affordable way to purchase our own solar panel. We pay just $40 a month for a full panel, with the charge conveniently located right on our electric bill.”
“It is a rewarding feeling to be part of a local renewable energy project.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is this program intended for?
The program is voluntary and available to all LREC members interested in using renewable energy. Community solar is an affordable, low-risk way for LREC members to enjoy the benefits of solar energy without the hassle of designing, permitting, installing, maintaining, and insuring their own PV solar array.
Will anything be installed at my home?
No, all equipment will be installed on LREC headquarter grounds. LREC will be responsible for operating, maintaining, and insuring the array for the 20-year life of the program.
How much electricity will a panel generate?
Each panel is capable of producing up to 410 watts and will produce approximately 594 kWh annually. This translates into $69 in solar credits the first year. In year 20, if LREC rates rise 2.5% annually, a single panel will provide approximately $106 in solar credits.
I am a senior citizen; will a solar panel benefit me?
As regular retail rates increase, the value of your solar energy increases too. The panel can be sold or left as a valuable legacy gift to children or others.
Will solar benefit me if I own a seasonal lake home?
Community solar works very well for seasonal homes. Even though you may not be using your home (or electricity) during the winter months, your winter solar credits will carry forward to spring when you start using your lake home again. In addition, solar production is greatest in the summer which can offset LREC’s higher summer rates.
What happens if I move?
If you move within the LREC territory, you can transfer your solar credits to your new address. If you leave the LREC service area, you can transfer (sell) your ownership to another LREC member – even a non-profit organization.
How do I know how much energy the solar array and my panel(s) are producing each month?
Solar widgets for each of our solar projects are located on our homepage and solar page. The graphics display current (real time) production, kWh produced today, month to date, and year to date for each of our projects.
What happens at the end of the 20-year agreement?
The community solar purchase agreement terminates after 20 years. However, LREC will monitor and evaluate advances in solar technology to determine whether extension of the agreement may be practicable at that time.