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EnerStar, Wabash Valley Power dedicate solar array

Here comes the sun!

​EnerStar employees and directors recently hosted a dedication ceremony in late September at the Paris Solar Generating Station. The new solar array, located just north of the cooperative’s office on Illinois Route 1 in Paris, is now producing solar energy.

EnerStar, along with other participating electric cooperatives, have partnered with Wabash Valley Power to offer solar energy to the cooperative membership. Wabash owns the solar array and is EnerStar’s wholesale power provider. EnerStar is simply a host site for one of Wabash’s solar arrays.

“By partnering with other electric co-ops, we can create a program that is more efficient than if we were to simply launch a smaller program on our own,” said EnerStar CEO Mike Clark.

Clark explained that with Co-op Solar, co-op members can participate in solar energy without having to install and maintain solar panels. “There will be two options available. The first is a simple, pay-as-you go option, with little commitment,” said Clark. He added that a second option that will be available is similar to owning your own array, with a longer-term commitment and a future payback, but without insurance and maintenance costs.

For more information about this program, call the EnerStar office at 1-800-635-4145 or go online to visit

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