We take a balanced approach to renewable energy and are committed to providing members with the best information on the subject
Midwest Electric has a 50kW solar array next to our Amanda substation, at Fort Amanda and Bowsher roads west of Lima. It’s part of the Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives OurSolar program, which features 2.1mW of solar arrays throughout Ohio.
Click here for more information on OurSolar and to view live production data.
EnviroWatts is a renewable energy program that gives Midwest Electric members the opportunity to support renewable energy for as little as $1 a month. EnviroWatts is sold in 100-kilowatt hour blocks, and is available to both residential and business members of the cooperative. Buying just one block of EnviroWatts each month for a year has the environmental impact of not driving your car for three months or not using 2½ barrels of oil.
EnviroWatts is optional. Pricing for EnviroWatts is as follows:
- 1 to 25 blocks: $2 per block per month
- 26 to 250 blocks: $1.50 per block per month
- 251 blocks or more: $1 per block per month
Each block represents 100 kilowatt hours (kWh). This program works regardless of how many kWh you actually use each month. For example, you could buy just one block even if you use, for example, 800 kWh each month. You’ll pay your normal costs for electricity, plus $2.
The renewable energy for the EnviroWatts program comes from electricity produced by wind and solar energy, as well as methane gas from landfills, poultry operations and dairy farms. To sign up, call us at 1-800-962-3830. Or e-mail [email protected].
To run calculations to get a rough estimate of the amount of electricity you could produce with solar or wind at your location, try these websites:
- www.solarestimate.org (provides both solar and wind)
Want to know whether a wind turbine might be right for you? Check out our Small Wind Guide for helpful information.
Here are two other helpful wind energy documents:
For information on residential solar power, check this out:
For information on solar power for your business, read here:
- A Rational Look at Renewable Energy: The Implications of Intermittent Power
- Germans debate cost of going green (May 2011 Financial Times newspaper)
Midwest Electric members or others who desire to have a windmill, solar panel, or other type of power generator that is connected to our electric system should first read and complete these three documents. Please note that our distributed generation rate is subject to change at any time.