South Central Power

OurSolar

The solar panels have been installed and are being connected to the electric grid -- Nov. 17, 2017.

The solar panels have been installed and are being connected to the electric grid — Nov. 17, 2017.

South Central Power Company members will soon have access to affordable renewable energy through the OurSolar program.

The project has placed 1,900 solar panels on four acres near the corner of Anchor Way and Mill Park Drive in Lancaster’s Rock Mill Corporate Park. The installation of the system is completed, and the array will produce enough energy to power 60 homes.

OurSolar panels being installed on Oct. 26, 2017.

“Interest in renewable energy is growing,” said Rick Lemonds, president and CEO of South Central Power. “But for many people, installing a renewable energy project on their own is just too expensive or too difficult. So as a cooperative, we’re taking it on together.”

OurSolar also reflects South Central Power’s balanced approach to energy generation. “While most of the power supplied to South Central Power will continue to be produced by coal-fired generation, OurSolar gives the cooperative members the option to supplement that base-load power with locally produced renewable energy,” said Ken Davis, chairman of the South Central Power board of trustees.

Solar panels installation

Solar panels installation on Oct. 16, 2017.

Lancaster Mayor David Smith said the project is another example of the strong economic development partnership between the city and the cooperative.  “This is a great project, one that will help portray South Central Power, the Community Improvement Corporation, the city and the county as forward-thinking entities,” said Smith.

South Central Power is building the OurSolar project in collaboration with Buckeye Power, Inc., the co-op’s generation and transmission provider, and the Lancaster Area Community Improvement Corporation.

OurSolar groundbreaking ceremony

OurSolar groundbreaking ceremony on Sept. 18, 2017.